I thought I’d post my early impressions now I’ve had my C200 (petrol) W205 for 7 weeks and have done 1,600 miles. It’s a UK specification car built in South Africa in April 2015 and has the Sport Premium Plus package and most of the other available options. The bottom line is that I’m very pleased with the car and it’s specification. It suits my needs better than any of the other alternatives I considered before or since I ordered it in December. At this, relatively early, stage my only small reservations are: Automatic gearbox changes are not always as smooth as I’d like. I see a software update is now available but as it’s not much of a problem I’ll wait a month or so in the hope that some other software fixes will also become available. I had the connect me and traffic system drop out once. Pulling fuse 309 easily fixed this but hopefully the rumoured August software fix will prevent this reoccurring and enable the TMC traffic system to take over from traffic when the mobile phone signal is lost. I’ve never seen TMC in the nav screen. The front passenger Burmester speaker occasionally has a slight buzz typically triggered by navigation announcements. I might ask for this to be fixed at the same time as the software updates are applied. Wind noise is more noticeable than, for example, my previous car which was a 2009 Lexus IS250. I’ve driven in some cross winds and so far I haven’t experienced enough of a problem to worry me. But if MB do release a fix it’d be something I’d request. For me, the best feature is the comfortable ride with Airmatic, 17 inch wheels and Premium Plus seats in leather. Hard suspension and/or seats ruled out some of the alternatives I considered, for example, the Lexus IS300h which was a shame because it’s engine and gearbox is smoother and generally quieter than the C200. Because ride comfort was an important factor I had test drives in a few different W205s with various wheel sizes, suspension setups and seat combinations before making a decision. I’m also glad to have the intelligent lighting system, head up display and, to a slightly lesser extent, the 360 camera. These help make driving a little easier and safer. The adaptive cruise control is OK but I haven’t used it much so it might grow on me in future. I don’t have the steering assist option which only became available more recently in the UK. Having spent a little time learning how to use the command, connect me and other systems I now find them all good. I like the flexibility provided by the touchpad, wheel and voice input systems. The automatic electric parking brake, brake hold, auto gear selector column stalk and brake hold are some other features which I’ve not had on previous cars and which I think are nice to have. On the other hand the automatic parking system has almost damaged the wheels a couple of times, the windscreen wipers often judder, the air freshener system was probably a waste of money and, on some road surfaces, tyre noise is an issue. Since getting the C200, at an event for fleet car managers, I had test drives in a Jaguar XE, C350e, Lexus NX300h and an Infiniti Q50 hybrid. Fortunately none caused me to regret getting the C200. This is all purely personal opinion and others will obviously have different priorities, requirements and experiences.