Mercedes C220 CDi mid term test

YW lives with a C class Merc – is this all the car you ever need? 4000 miles in any car should be enough to get over the initial excitement of its arrival, find little niggles, foibles or failings, even grow to loath the beast. Or conversely, learn to love, find unexpected features, flashes of [...]

Mercedes C220 C-Class - 4000 miles around UK

YW lives with a C class Merc – is this all the car you ever need?

4000 miles in any car should be enough to get over the initial excitement of its arrival, find little niggles, foibles or failings, even grow to loath the beast. Or conversely, learn to love, find unexpected features, flashes of brilliance. Will impressions change over time? In our case, a month at the wheel of a Mercedes C Class proved to be equally enjoyable throughout.

Mercedes C220 CDi - scampers through arching Devon lanes

Delivered in Sport trim, this CDi version had an appealing stance, shod with wide rubber on AMG 17 inch rims and subtle cosmetic appendages. Mild disappointment followed when learning that our mount was the 220 diesel version. This is not the lowest engine in the pecking order ( there’s a 200 ) but is overshadowed by 250 and 350 versions with commensurate power and performance advantages. Our time with the Merc took us from cloudiest Cornwall, through deepest Devon, sunniest Somerset…I think you get the idea. All the way to naughty Northumberland and a million other places en route.


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Mercedes reveal AMG E-Cell electric wundercar

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in [...]

Mercedes SLS E-Cell

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run

AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in the back under acceleration. AMG’s engineers have steered closer to Audi’s E-Tron all electric car than BMW’s Vision hybrid concept. Carrying just one power source appeals from a purist’s perspective, but you can hardly avoid noticing that there’s no quoted range in the specs…Just how far can you go drawing 535bhp out of a bunch of Li-Po cells?!

We love the central dash display, losing a ton of knobs and allowing all sorts of context sensitive info to be shown large and legible. You’ll see this trickling down to many cars in the near future. Tesla’s S saloon being the most ambitiously knob-free to come. Horny too is the more aggressive detailing of grille, vents and active front spoiler.


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Tomtom Satellite navigation for iPhone – Western Europe review

Tomtom satnav app for iPhone – a practical test of Western European version (version 1.0 on iPhone 3G running OS 3.0) Yellowwheels’s car for the long journey to the Frankfurt Motor Show, via Spa, Nurburgring, and back via Zurich and the Swiss Alps, didn’t have a satnav fitted. The Mercedes E-220 proved to be an [...]

Tomtom, iPhone, Merc in Zurich

Tomtom, iPhone, Merc in Zurich

Tomtom satnav app for iPhone – a practical test of Western European version
(version 1.0 on iPhone 3G running OS 3.0)
Yellowwheels’s car for the long journey to the Frankfurt Motor Show, via Spa, Nurburgring, and back via Zurich and the Swiss Alps, didn’t have a satnav fitted. The Mercedes E-220 proved to be an ideal car for the trip, but also a good chance to test the practicality of using a phone based satellite system rather than an OEM built-in or dedicated, stand-alone unit.

The journey:
Our journey started well, with a smooth trip down to Eurotunnel for the short train shuttle to France. The Tomtom had already suggested that the fastest route to Frankfurt was via the motorways of southern Belgium. We followed it’s route feeling confident but, as reported in our initial test of the UK edition of the Tomtom app, the lack of satellite accuracy built into the iPhone can be a problem (now addressed by the availability of the Tomtom car kit).

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