This past weekend, I came home to visit my family in the Bay Area, California. On friday night, a couple of those boys decided to get together and go to the city. I had the joy of being appointed as the designated driver. When I say joy, thats not sarcasm, I mean literal joy. One of my friends recently got a Mercedes Benz C350 equipped with the sport package, and I had the joy of driving it around the city all night. Now personally, I’ve always preferred a Bimmer over a Benz, but nonetheless, I had an amazing night driving the c350.
Now I would say that the c350 coupe is the competitor of the BMW 335i I mentioned in the last post. However the c350 sedan has the same 3.5 liter engine found in c350 coupe so I still compared the two. The rear-wheel-drive C350 sedan produces 302 hp at 6500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm and reaches 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Going back to the BMW 335 in comparison, I would definitely say I had a lot more fun driving the Bimmer, however the Mercedes felt like a car I would drive as a daily driver. Not saying I didn’t have an amazing time driving the c350. Putting it in sport mode, I would easily reach speeds of 85+ miles per hour and didn’t even realize it.
The model I was in came equipped with the sports package which included:
- 18-inch AMG twin 7-spoke wheels
- Rear lip spoiler
- Gloss Black side mirrors
- Exclusive-design front sport seats
- Black MB-Tex upholstery with DINAMICA inserts
- Red top-stitching throughout cabin
- Flat-bottom performance steering wheel with Silver paddle shifters
Although the c350 sedan only comes in a 7 speed automatic, those paddle shifters made the ride a lot more fun. The vehicle was also equipped with the multimedia package, which includes navigation, 7inch screen, satellite radio, all the stuff you would expect to see when buying a 45 thousand dollar entry level luxury sedan. But the thing most noticeable to me was the Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system, which was specifically engineered for the C-Class, the premium digital sound system makes it sound like you are in sitting in a surround sound movie theater. It is equipped with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound technology, and along with the cars ambient lighting package, I felt like I was in a mini rave on that drive to the city. Another small detail that really impressed me, is on the way to the city, there was a 2 mile stretch of construction traffic. About 7 miles prior to the traffic, the car paused the music and let me know that in about 7 miles traffic is moving at a pace of about 20 miles per hour. The fact that the car was knew that and was able to let me know just blew my mind away.