2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD: Which variant to buy

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD: Which variant to buy

It was only a few months back when Mercedes-Benz Malaysia officially launched the all-new C-Class locally-assembled version in the local market. Prior to this, we benefited from the car in a fully-imported version.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • In how many varinats is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD model offered?

    The locally-assembled C-Class is offered in two variant options - standard C200 Avantgarde and top-spec C300 AMG Line.
  • Which engien powers the new CKD C-Class?

    While the C-Class C200 Avantgarde is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, the The range-topping C300 AMG Line gets the bigger 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol mill.
  • Being one of the automaker’s best-selling models since the very beginning (with over 10.5 million units delivered globally), the CKD C-Class is expected to be welcomed by equally open hearts by Malaysian customers as well.

    So, thinking from a buyer's perspective, who is out there to buy the C-Class tends to get confused over the questions as to ‘which variant to buy? Here we are with the answer.

    locally-assembled C-Class

    The locally-assembled C-Class is offered in two variant options - standard C200 Avantgarde and top-spec C300 AMG Line. Both of these will be discussed in depth to know which one is the better choice.

    So, let’s get started with C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Price

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD 

    Variant

    Price

    C200 Avantgarde 

    RM 287,888

    C300 AMG Line

    RM 327,888

    Compared to the SST-inclusive, CBU version, the base C200 Avantgarde is now RM12k cheaper and similarly, the C300 AMG Line costs RM 17k less. Also, each purchase is accompanied by a 4-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Engine

    The C-Class C200 Avantgarde is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine generating a maximum power output of 204 PS from 5,800 to 6,100 rpm along with a peak torque of 300 Nm from 1,800 to 4,000 rpm.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Engine

    The range-topping C300 AMG Line, on the other hand, gets the bigger 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol mill pumping a maximum power of 258 PS at 5,800 rpm and 400 NM from 2,000 to 3,200 rm.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Transmission & Tech

    The power generated both by the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units is sent to the rear wheels via a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission system.

    Further improving the driving dynamics, the C-Class comes tuned with DYNAMIC SELECT, agility control suspension with a selective damping system, and an integrated starter generator.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Exterior features

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Exterior features

    The base C200 Avantgarde comes with AVANTGARDE exterior part of which is LED high-performance headlights (for left-hand traffic), adaptive high beam assist, electrically folding exterior mirror, 18-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, and underbody protection.

    The top-spec C300 AMG Line, on the other hand, benefits from the AMG Line exterior. The lighting units remain the same with LED high-performance headlights and adaptive high beam assist. Making the variant distinctive are elements like the Mercedes-Benz pattern grille, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, TIREFIT, panoramic sliding sunroof, and a braking system with a large brake disc on the front axle.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Cabin & comfort features

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Cabin & comfort features

    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD model comes equipped with several standard features on the inside. Overall the cabin of both the variants is pretty much the same.

    The list includes a sun protection package, mirror package, memory package, stowage space package, THERMATIC automatic climate control, comfort seats, power front seats with memory function, 4-way lumbar support, folding rear-seat backrests, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, KEYLESS-GO comfort package & starting function, hands-free access, ambient lighting with brand logo projection, interior light package, door sill panels with illuminated ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering, electric sunblind for the rear window, automatic dimming mirrors, boot lid remote closing, independent boot locking, and interior monitoring system.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: features

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Connectivity

    Like the interior, the connectivity function in both the CKD C-Class models remain more or less the same. Part of the specs sheet is - MBUX navigation premium, MBUX multimedia system, 11.9-inch central display, 12.3-inch driver display, hard-disc navigation, extended MBUX functions, preinstallation for Live Traffic Information, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support, fingerprint scanner, advanced connectivity plus and USB package.

    As an add-on, the top-spec C300 AMG Line trim gets MBUX augmented reality for navigation.

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Safety & Assistance package

     

    C200 Avantgarde vs. C300 AMG Line: Safety & Assistance package

    The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class packs a strong safety kit that is standard across the range. The pack includes - a Lane Tracking package, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist, PRE-SAFE, cruise control, URBAN GUARD vehicle protection, parking package with reversing camera, active parking assist with PARKTRONIC, pedestrian protection, tyre pressure monitoring, anti-theft alarm system, rain sensor wipers, and rear belt status indication.

    The C300 AMG being the top-spec model gets a parking package with a 360-degree camera. Rest all remain the same.

    Conclusion

    Both the variants of Mercedes-Benz C-Class CKD are almost identical, apart from the clear powertrain distinction. Being the top-spec model the C300 AMG Line gets one or two extra features and nothing else.

    So, a customer can make a decision as per the requirements.

    Also Read: 5-star safety rating awarded to Kia EV6, Volvo C40, & Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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