• 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive
  • By Jeremy Sinek for MSN Autos
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive.
    Tenerife, Canary Islands - Is it just me, or does the distance between Stuttgart and Munich keep shrinking? Well no, not literally. Last I checked, there was still about 220 km of autobahn separating the respective home towns of Mercedes and BMW.
    But the once-polarised personalities of their products do seem to be converging (somewhere near Günzburg, perhaps).
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive.
    Fifteen years ago, if asked to choose between any BMW and its Mercedes equivalent, the driver-oriented Bimmer was always an easy choice over the don't-perturb-the-passengers Benz. But the decision is no longer a no-brainer.
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive.
    That's especially true of the compact BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class sedans. Yes, for around $50K I'd take a BMW 335i in a heartbeat over a Mercedes C350; at around $35K, however, the C250 just might shade the 323i.
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive.
    Of course these contests always ebb and flow. Whichever automaker fields the freshest redesign usually gains an edge for a time. Which brings us to the 2012 C-Class.
    Word is that the next-generation 3 Series is not far off, but for now Mercedes is getting its oar in first.
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class first drive.

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