Slavyana and her husband were impeccably lovely to work with. Accommodating easily for scheduling conflicts, they made sure that all went thoroughly well with the rental experience. For this, I owe them my greatest token of gratitude and return.
What a machine! This is, by far, a de facto standard of an all-around faultless automobile. The W204 chassis C-Klasse in its C250 trim is a sweet gas-saver with its turbo four-banger, returning 46 MPG on its trip computer over a highway cruise from Santa Monica to Anaheim (no, I didn't mistype and no, you didn't just misread that figure). Yet it will always spool up with little lag to come alive for any overtaking maneuvers and needs.
Harmon Kardon delivers! The speaker and tweeter setup humbly asks the quad-rampaging bass woofers beneath the seats and inside the panels to send even the stingiest of auto-audiophiles into dojo heaven, with harps of dwindling beauty working away a rich lather into the mids. The sound signature is on a warmer temperature with more staging than depth.
A class-setting array of safety settings and gadgetry acronyms created by Daimler are always sensing and watching your every move with chamfered precision, feeding the beacons to send the dandy little icons on the LCD display embedded between the speedometer and the tachometer on a frantic frenzy, whether you're veering outside of your lane or falling asleep behind the wheel (sorry, didn't get to try this one). Which reminds me, hovering needle-ends on the tach and speedo are so cool! There are quite a ton of controls built all into this small display. Whether it be your current MPG or the turbo boost gauge (come on, who doesn't like seeing those fancy PSI risers), your navigation route info on what's next in your directions and how long it'll take to get there, your address book and phone data, your trip details, your media player from SiriusXM channels or iPod song selection... you name it, chances are, very high and likely, it's there!
I did not use any of the vast rear luggage storage in the trunk, but it is just as roomy and plentiful as inside the cabin, which should say a lot. The classic tilting and retracting sunroof makes an appearance here, and it just adds up to the overal experience of the car even more. There are all sorts of nifty tricks and small details to find everywhere, from the gas nozzle slot for placing the petrol cap on while refueling, to the animations and graphics on both LCD displays (those being the primary one on the center dashboard as well as the more compact one aforementioned that is jammed in-between the speedo and tach dials).
Yep, a brilliant masterpiece, well-executed. Much appreciation to Slavyana and the hubby for their delightfully exquisite taste in cars and for fully-loading this magnificent C-Klasse... I know for certain I will catch them again soon.
As always Vince and Slavyana have been a pleasure to do business with. They are very understanding and accommodating. The car is great and brings with it everything the Mercedes name is known for. Style, class, comfort, and convenience.