All-new Mercedes-Benz C220d - listing its two most prominent rivals


• Mercedes-Benz's new C-Class is now available in South Africa.

• Having driven the C220d, we list two of its diesel rivals.

• The C220d is priced from R911 812.

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Mercedes-Benz new C-Class is now available in South Africa, with the East London-built car taking fresh aim at South Africa's executive saloon segment. Two models comprise the current line-up, each offering power from a petrol or diesel engine. The C-Class range is expected to be expanded in due course with AMG models like the C43 and C63.

Recently, we spent a few days behind the wheel of the diesel C-Class, the C220d in AMG Line trim. While impressive, we were constantly confronted with the thought that the new C-Class range is wildly priced. The C220d Avantgarde is pegged at R911 812, with the AMG Line model adding R54 000 to the price. The price premium adds, among others, an AMG body kit, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, Nappa leather on the steering wheel, and AMG floor mats to the package. Of course, this excludes the extensive options list that owners can delve into further.

Mercedes-Benz says that the C220d has a fuel return of 4.7-litres/100km, while the top speed is rated at 245km/h. 0-100km/h is cleared in 7.3 seconds.

With this information in mind, it got us thinking about how the C220d stacks up against two of its most prominent rivals.

Mercedes-Benz C220d
2022 Mercedes-Benz C220d

BMW 320d

The 3 Series is one of BMW's most successful cars ever and one of the most recognisable executive saloons in South Africa. Only one diesel engine powers the 3 Series line-up, and it's found in the 320d. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine stacks up well against that of the C220d, albeit slightly down on power (140kW/400Nm vs. 147kW/440Nm).

Three 320d models are available, all priced between R839 416 and R892 816. Like the C-Class, the different models do not offer more power, but the list of standard features is enhanced the more expensive the model is.

BMW claims a fuel return of 4.6-litres/100km, while the 100km/h sprint from standstill is dispatched in 6.8 seconds. The top speed is 240km/h.

2022 BMW 320d

Audi A4 35 TDI

Compared to direct rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi has always managed to price their vehicles competitively. And with its diesel-powered A4, it's no different. The entry-level A4 35 TDI undercuts the equivalent C220d by quite a margin (R724 500), with the top 35 TDI S Line model coming in at R769 500. It also undercuts the entry-level 320d!

The A4 35 TDI is a well-specified vehicle and the only one of the three mentioned cars driven by its front wheels. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is good for 110kW/320Nm, with Audi claiming a fuel return of 5.0-litres/100km. 0-100km/h takes 8.7 seconds, and the top speed is rated at 219km/h.

Audi A4 35 TDI
2022 Audi A4 35 TDI
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