I know I'm a bit of a fraud now that I no longer have a C350e (I have a C300d because the replacement for the C350e wasn't available) but I still like to watch this forum.Interesting post from @raspy. Either I didn’t see it first time around, or I’ve forgotten it.
I’ve only test-driven a Model 3 for 15 minutes, but I have a very different comparison of the Tesla and the MB than the one @raspy shared.
On comfort, the MB is good except for one thing - the driving position. My left leg is against a hard corner of the centre console and the pedals are offset from the seat. The Tesla is better. The MB driving seat is good, but unexpectedly, I prefer the Tesla.
The MB suspension IS extremely comfortable, but it’s pretty average at dealing with corners.
I’m not clear why you’d need to navigate the screens to go from Eco to Sport+ in the Tesla. It’s eco all the time, then you put your foot to the floor and it delivers acceleration the MB can’t match. Yes - you can set personal preferences for the steering and acceleration settings, but you don’t need to while driving.
It’ll be interesting to see whether these first impressions last when or arrived in June. My main concern is that my sons (currently 6’2” and 5’10”) will be too big for it, but they claim not...
I have said many times before; you must take account of the design philosophy of the C350e. It was always intended to be a tax fiddle. It is not an economic car (unless you only do short journeys and can charge the car at the end of every journey). It is a very fast, very comfortable car that took advantage of the way CO2 ratings were calculated. I selected it because it provided almost 300bhp, provided amazing acceleration (using the ICE and electric power simultaneously), came with a Government grant and was more efficient in terms of Company car BIK than anything equivalent. I did 80,000 miles; averaged 42mpg and really enjoyed the car.
When looking for its replacement I looked at Tesla's. Of course a lot of issues are down to personal taste; I hated the huge screen in the middle of the dash, the build quality was inferior to Merc., I found the seats unsupportive and the way the costs build up are ridiculous (I wanted to select a specific colour, have the 4 wheel drive plus the extended range and it increased the price by almost £20,000!!!!). But the main problem was still the range. There were journeys that I do about 4 times a month that would need a recharge en-route, and a journey I do almost every week would depend on me being able to find a charge point as soon as I arrived. The stress would be unbearable!