2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:31
“Mercedes W204” is the third generation of prestigious mid-size cars belonging to the C-class. Its predecessor was the W203. This car was presented to the media in 2007, in January, and in March the model was presented to the whole world.
Car in brief
So, first of all, it is worth noting that the “Mercedes W204” could initially be bought exclusively in a sedan body. However, in September 2007, manufacturers began to produce station wagons.
In 2011, this model went through modernization and restyling. Each headlight of the Mercedes W204 has changed (in other words, the optics have been improved), the bumpers have changed, as well as the interior. The range of engines has also undergone changes. In addition to the above, in February 2011 the company made an official announcement of the C-class version in the currently popular coupe body.
And in 2014, the model was replaced by a car that became known as the W205. What about W204? For all the time the order was manufactured and sold2.4 million models worldwide. And this is a very good indicator.
Needless to say, this car has become the second best-selling entry-level prestige car in America and Canada. In the first place is "BMW E90" (third series). And by the way, the 204 is the most popular sedan in Mexico. And this car received the status of the best imported car of the year in Japan. It was in 2011. And the following year, 2012, the model entered the top ten best cars in England.
So, first of all, you need to talk about the exterior of a car like the Mercedes W204. Unlike its predecessor, it has a very rigid body. In addition, the increased wheelbase and strict design cannot but rejoice. This sedan has acquired emphasized aggressive lines, expressive edges, a brand new spectacular radiator grille, which it was decided to distance from the hood.
The car has three versions - Classic, Elegance, Avantgarde. The last one is the most different. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the famous three-beam star is not on the hood, as in other cases, but on a false radiator grille.
As already mentioned, a couple of years after the start of production, they carried out restyling - they changed the optics. So, since then, the model began to be equipped with LED low beam headlights, which were supplemented by bi-xenon optics. And the “foglights” were replaced with ILS headlights.
By the way, compared to its predecessor, the car has become 5.5 cm longerand wider by 4.2 cm. The wheelbase has also increased by 45 mm.
The Mercedes W204 model has a very stylish, ergonomic and comfortable interior. Which, in principle, is typical for almost every Mercedes model. Only high-quality materials were used in the interior trim - precious metals, genuine leather, real wood and polished aluminum parts. Inside is very spacious - both the driver and his four passengers will feel free.
Trunk capacity is 485 liters, and if you fold the rear row, it will increase to 1500 liters. Especially for station wagons, the developers have prepared an additional software package called Easy-Pack. It includes removable sliding roof rails that can increase the payload by 605 kilograms.
In the restyled version of the model, for the first time, the so-called new generation telematics system was used. In it, the developers have included a large color display, the function of transferring the phone book and even displaying SMS messages. In addition, there was also the option to play music files via the Bluetooth interface. The center armrest even has USB slots. And the upgraded C-Class was equipped with a multimedia system called COMAND Online, equipped with the ability to connect to the Internet. And, of course, there was a navigator, complete with a 3D color screen.
Starting from 2008, the Elegance variant has changed interior trim. Now in the salondominated by brown and pale beige shades. And since April of the same year, the model began to be equipped with new aerodynamic mirrors.
The coupe, which premiered in 2011, did not feature a different interior. Inside, everything was almost the same as in a sedan or station wagon. But! This model was equipped with seats from the E-class, as well as a steering wheel from the CLS-class. And the novelty had rear retractable side windows.
In 2011, the interior was completely redesigned. The main change is the center console, taken from the CLS-class and supplemented by a new color display.
This is an important topic that needs to be addressed when talking about the “Mercedes C-class W204”. So, in the classic configuration, the car was equipped with rear-wheel drive, but an order for all-wheel drive was also available.
Standard gearbox - six-speed "mechanics". All models were equipped with it, the only exception was the C350. It is also worth noting that 5-band automatic transmissions (tiptronics) and 7-speed automatic transmissions (7G-Tronic) were available for all trim levels.
In 2011, for each model (with the exception of the Mercedes C180 W204), they began to install an upgraded version of the 7-speed “automatic” 7G-Tronic Plus, equipped with a start-stop system and an ECO function.
A lot has been said above about the changes brought to the Mercedes W204 restyling. Now it's time to talk about engines. After all, the power unit is the heart of any car.
So, at the time when sales started, the models were equipped with gasoline 4-cylinder engines M272 and M271. There were also diesel engines, three options. Most power units are modifications of engines taken from previous generations. Only they are distinguished by increased power and minimized emissions and fuel consumption.
At the end of 2008, the range of engines was replenished with 4-cylinder diesel units of a new generation. They featured 2-stage turbocharging. And in 2011, the old 292-horsepower gasoline unit began to be replaced with a 3.5-liter diesel engine that produces 306 hp. With. Since 2012, the manufacturer has been releasing the Mercedes-Benz C180 model, equipped with a new generation 1.6-liter engine. Its feature is a minimized working volume and low fuel consumption. Only 5.8 liters per 100 km. Mercedes W204 engines, admittedly, are among the most economical.
“Mercedes W204” receives mostly positive reviews. And this can be understood, because cars of this brand have always been famous for their quality, beauty, power and reliability. I would like to talk about the latter in more detail.
Safety is an important aspect. And this is what the owners of this car note: the seats, the seats in the car are very stable upon impact. This has been proven by various safety tests! Very good active protection for passengers and driver. The only negative is the imperfect protection of the driver's chest.
It is also interesting that the car has a specialrecognition system. It is activated when the child seat is installed in the front row. What about pedestrians? The developers also took care of them. The bumper of the model is designed in such a way that the safety of the legs of pedestrians falling under the car is maximum.
What are the owners saying?
People who have this Mercedes in their garage tell a lot about their car. About power, about beauty, about dynamics … but about safety - most of all. They claim that the car has a complete kit that allows you to feel protected. These are the ESP and ABS system, seat belt control (on all seats), airbags - front, rear, windows … in general, everything to understand that everyone inside is protected from unforeseen traffic situations.
The machine also features a comprehensive preventive security system. Due to it, additional belt tension is activated during emergency braking. The sunroof and windows also close automatically. And as a separate item, the owners note incredibly comfortable seats that can be adjusted in any direction. By the way, one more thing. The model is equipped with an adaptive braking system and active dampers - and this is another technical plus.
Finally, it is worth saying a few words about the version from the eminent AMG tuning studio. The interior, exterior, optics, bodywork, Mercedes W204 wheels - all this was developed from scratch, and not from the finished version. Some details, however, were borrowed fromCLK 63 AMG. But the rest is an independent model. By the way, there are several. C 63 AMG, C63 AMG DR 520, C63 AMG Black Series Coupe, C63 AMG Aff alterbach Edition. And yet - concepts that are not related to the tuning studio. These are the Concept-358, RENNtech C74, Wimmer RS, and Romeo Ferraris. W204 turned out to be a very successful car in all plans. He inspired many other companies to create cars based on this Mercedes. And the versions were very good. For example, the aforementioned Romeo Ferraris. Under its hood is a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 536 hp. With. C63 AMG DR520 is not much weaker than it - the power of this car is 520 liters. s.
But that's all - solid, expensive, perfect models. Now you can buy a used 204th Mercedes. For example, a 2007 model in good condition will cost about 750 thousand rubles. A very modest price for such a car.