In praise of the W206

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Ted

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Went down to see SIL today, and she has just swapped her GLC for an ‘AMG’ spec S206
It’s a lovely lovely thing. Looks fantastic and the interior is a special place to be.
I’ve not been a great fan of the c-class since the w202 - the w203 was forgettable, the w204 was ugly and the w205 was bland (apologies for upsetting anyone)
This is a great looking car. You have to see it in the metal but imho it really stands out.
The interior is a great place to be and the infotainment and dash just go to confirm what I’ve said for some time. Mercedes do the best UI It looks great and is straightforward to navigate. Love the different dashboards especially the equivalent of the Audi virtual cockpit.
The silver carbon fibre effect really stands out. It’s great. Thank goodness we seem to have moved on from the so called piano black. It’s even better than the black ash.
Build quality seems to be good too and hopefully should hold up to her abuse. We’ll see what it looks like in three years time.
The load area is a good size - I really liked the led illumination strips. Little things I know but they are the things that help to give a feel good factor.
Which brings me to the ambient lighting.
I’m not a great fan of ambient lighting, but this is really subtle (or not if you want the ‘effects’ and really enhances the special feel of the car.
I didn’t get a drive but she says that this is far and away the easiest and smoothest car to drive she has ever had, she’s also mightily impressed with the fuel consumption (it’s a 220d)
Bad points?
The AMG wheels. They are horrible. I’ve liked pretty much all of the AMG wheels - right from the monoblocks - they always give a special look to the car but these are just plain nasty.
The pleather/artico just looks like plastic to me, and has done for some time. With the dark interior, it makes the interior at the rear very gloomy.
And at 43 big ones there aren’t many toys. The implementation of what it does have is fantastic, but I was expecting VR satnav, adaptive headlights and maybe a good stereo. It’s far from basic, but still feels as if MB have scrimped on the spec.
So all in all, an absolutely lovely car with great features, well built and great to look at. Just be careful on how you spec it.
Great job MB.
Oh, couple of piccies.
 

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Looks good, I hope your SIL is happy with it. I looked at swapping my diesel W205 for a petrol W206 before I bought my A35. What put me off was the lack of options available at the moment which I think is largely down to the ongoing chip crisis and supply chain shortages. I've also yet to see one that isn't black or grey. I love the look of the W206, had a good look around the demo car at my dealer and was very impressed. As I don't necessarily need a saloon or an estate I decided to get into the A35 before we're not allowed to have cars like that.

I would look at these again when I'm ready to change. Hopefully the market will be better and more options available.
 
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My local dealer had an AMG line spec in White in the showroom a few months ago ("not for sale "stuck to the windscreen) , stunning , multispoke alloys looked a nightmare to clean.
I did momentarily have the urge to swop my 2018 C250d 4matic for a new W206 but at circa £50k for a similar spec and no 4matic the urge quickly vanished.
 
My local dealer had an AMG line spec in White in the showroom a few months ago ("not for sale "stuck to the windscreen) , stunning , multispoke alloys looked a nightmare to clean.
I did momentarily have the urge to swop my 2018 C250d 4matic for a new W206 but at circa £50k for a similar spec and no 4matic the urge quickly vanished.

The demo car I looked at had the 19 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, whilst I agree they look a nightmare to clean I actually prefer them over the new 18 inch five spoke design which look like they have been lifted from an EV. As I said above it is a great car but the current lack of options/availibility put me off and therefore I can't justify the current price tag. Hopefully when the supply chain issues and market calms down and more are available we will see more options and hopefully a shift in price. I do actually like the all terrain 4 matic w206 but annoyingly they aren't bringing it to the UK.

Interestingly when my mam and dad when to pick up mam's new A Class the other week my dad was looking at the new C Class as he is looking to replace his 2018 C220d 4matic next year. He was told by our regular salesman that Mercedes are currently not producing any 4matic vehicles unless it is an SUV, so I don't expect to see a 4matic W206 anytime soon.
 
Hi Liam - these were the wheels.
Definitely not a fan 👍🏻👍🏻
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Hi Liam - these were the wheels.
Definitely not a fan 👍🏻👍🏻
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Yeah, those are the alloys I was referring to. When I went to pick up the A35 they had a W206 in the showroom with those alloys, It is the flat profile between the spokes that doesn't do it for me. It looks like they have just been pulled off an EV, I think they should have left the original 5 spoke alloys. My brother has the older version of these on his 2019 S205 300d and they look much better than these new ones.
 
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But I definitely like the profile of the tyres.
Yes, and as Liam says the flat part makes them look like they were designed for an SUV.
Without that they would look good.
 

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