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New Mercedes-Benz CLC 180 Kompressor Sport Review

The new Mercedes-Benz CLC 180 Kompressor Sport is the mid-range version of this stunning two-door coupe.

By Stephen Turvil
Feb 03, 2011
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The new Mercedes-Benz CLC 180 Kompressor Sport is the mid-range version of this stunning two-door coupe. That makes it perfect for those who find the entry-level 160 a little too slow, and the range-topping 200 disagreeably expensive. So, what do lovers of the 'sensible middle ground' get for £20,935 - £22,160?

For starters, this strikingly attractive lump of aspirational metal has sporty and engaging handling. That means it charges sure-footedly between the apexes and sticks to the road like a hungry leach. These characteristics complement the pin-sharp steering that provides thrill seeking motorists with plenty of valuable feedback. The ride is also appealingly smooth, so the CLC is both a comfortable motorway cruiser and an exciting plaything.

Now, prestigious sports cars can cost more to run than sending mankind to Mars, but the CLC 180 Kompressor Sport is reasonable kind to your wallet. The 1.8-litre 141bhp petrol engine, as well as propelling the six-speed manual version to 62mph in 9.7 seconds, averages a respectable 41.5mpg. This means its emissions are fairly low, so twelve months road tax costs £180. Alternatively, the five-speed paddle-shift auto version only manages 34.4mpg, costs £235 to tax, and hits 62mph in 9.9 seconds.

Further Mercedes-Benz CLC plus points include its spacious cabin and the decent 320- litre boot. It also has a generous standard specification that includes an electronic stability programme and tyre pressure loss warning system, as well as climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels. Those who fancy a few extras can specify Bluetooth for £290 and metallic paint for a further £630.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLC 180 Kompressor Sport is one of those 'I've made it machines'. This one, however, has the advantage over some of its competitors of not costing too much to buy, run, or maintain. That makes it a thrilling purchase that is realistically obtainable for thousands of motorists. Enjoy!

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By Stephen Turvil
Feb 03, 2011