Dashboard and controls
The dashboard of the Mercedes C-Class SW really says something new in style. The upper band houses five rounded vents, the lower one is angled and, in the test car, covered in a refined black open-pore poplar with thin strips of aluminum. On the left there is the 12.3 ”digital dashboard, cantilevered: clear and complete, it allows different configurations, including the one with the full-width navigator and the“ classic ”one, with speedometer and tachometer; less favorable was the judgment on the split-spoke steering wheel, which is modern and personal but has small, numerous and all too sensitive “touch” controls: using them is not easy. The key that starts the 2.0 and the 11.9 ”tilted display that dominates the central area and serves (among other things) the multimedia system are clearly visible. Rather reactive, the touch screen offers large icons that allow you to quickly find the desired function; some can even be protected with a code or fingerprint reader: it is close to the volume touch keys. Recognition of voice commands and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless commands, as well as the navigator, are of high quality. The “climate” is also managed from the display (or by voice): the main functions take advantage of virtual commands that are always visible on the display and easy menus govern the rest, such as the direction of the flows. The elegant glossy black tunnel houses, under a lid with a very fluid and precise movement, two cup holders, the top for wireless charging of mobile phones and a USB-C socket. In the dark, the ambient lights stand out in 64 colors of your choice (also different between the dashboard and doors). The pockets in the doors are very large, unlike the drawer, which has two shelves and is lockable, but not air-conditioned. Good finishes, with very well-kept elements and others less so.
Similar to that of the rivals, it is good for four; a passenger in the center of the sofa is disturbed by the massive central tunnel and hard backrest. The front seats are rather low and enveloping, with electric adjustments (for height, lumbar support and backrest angle) and manual (for sliding). In Mercedes C-Class SW of the test were covered in eco-leather and (in the center) in a microfiber obtained from the recycling of plastic: materials pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Behind, the retractable central armrest houses two drink holders and there are the “climate” vents (with non-adjustable temperature).
The capacity of the Mercedes C-Class SW it is in the category average. Only the height under the awning is discreet (the two suitcases we use for the tests cannot be overlapped, but the rivals do not do better) while the threshold is flush with the internal surface, but with the unprotected closing hook. The sofa is in three reclining parts and as standard there are a retractable vertical dividing net and the motorized tailgate (but not of the “hands-free” type). Accurate upholstery, in soft carpet.
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