New or used, this is a great little car
All five doors and the hood rusted through, and were replaced under warranty n/c.
Front driver side wheel bearing went at 77,000km; also replaced under warranty.
Front passenger window sill replaced under warranty.
Interior trim rattle above driver sun shade (easy self fix).
I really enjoy this car much more than I expected to. It has a solid feel to it that makes you feel safe. Road noise is quiet, the seat comfort is terrific even after hours on the road.
I recommend the panoramic roof, which really transforms the interior, letting much light in. The materials are of the highest quality, and aren't showing any signs of wear.
The fuel economy is great. I average 7.1 l/100km city hwy combined!
The autotronic transmission takes some getting used to, but delivers smooth acceleration.
My only complaint would be the limited capacity of the stereo. The clarity and imaging are great, but there is a lack of richness to the sound. It wouldn't have taken much to make it better, and it's a shame Mercedes didn't make the standard equipment better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2010