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2015's Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Within any automaker there is a slow but steady trickle down of technology from high-end to middle and entry class. But for Mercedes’s newly redesigned C-class, that trickle was more like a torrent. Appropriately, the Mercedes demonstrated its social-climbing skills on the Côte d’Azur, in France. The test convoy included the all-wheel-drive C400 4Matic, which surges from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 4.7 seconds, spurred by a wicked Biturbo V-6. The engine’s 245 kilowatts translate to 329 horses—81 more than the departing 3.5-liter V-6, despite that model’s extra half-liter of displacement. But the more important part of what’s trickled down—from the US $95,000 to $200,000 S-Class to this $41K cousin—involves not speed but smarts. The Intelligent Drive suite, priced at the same $2,800 as in S- and E-Class models, lets the car manage its own speed and ...

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