With the ruthlessly relentless onslaught of SUV’s, are the days of the luxury sedans finally numbered? We test a base model Mercedes-Benz C180 to find out.
The gentle progress
Ahh, the carefree days of early adulthood. My memories include Brollocks, Terrace, Bohemia, Mavericks and other Stellenbosch places but are dominated by the cars I came into contact with back then. One of them was a then-new Mercedes C180 and almost 20 years later I finally got a chance to test one of its direct descendants in earnest.
In ‘n Klas van sy Eie
Met die onlangse bekendstelling deur Mercedes-Benz Suid-Afrika (MBSA) van sy nuwe C-klas modelle, wat plaaslik gebou word, het Mercedes se ingenieurs weereens bewys dat hulle nie skroom om bestaande grense te toets en die doelpale te verskuif nie.
Deceit and trickery are around every corner. We get deceived by government, tricked by marketers and fooled into a wonderfully capitalistic lifestyle. The onus is on you to figure out if you want to put up with it or not and there’s a wealth of information (and nonsense) out there to inspire or guide you.
The bumpy beast
Did you know that all French people are rude and every Portuguese owns a corner café? Germans have no sense of humour, Americans are fat and all domestic workers steal sugar, right? None of these stigmas are true, of course, and neither is this one: Mercs are for old people.
The impressive split
Seasoned readers will know what’s coming – yup, another confession. The first car I ever owned and the car I owned the longest, was a C-Class. When I despondently handed over the keys last year it had covered 233,000km and was still as tight as a drum.