by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img Daimler AG ::: 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
STEP inside the original 190E, a compact sedan that transformed Mercedes’ 80’s lineup and brought tri-star prestige to the near-luxury masses market, and what you’ll find is a cozy German cabin that looks and feels unrelentingly cheap.
It’s as if MB boffins stuffed the Baby Benz full of the day’s most sophisticated engineering (like the multilink rear suspension) until accounting discovered that there was no money left for the rest of the car. Still, there are plenty who still love the 190E for its Teutonic charms. Will the same be said of the modern C-Class?