I waited for at least a month and a bit before writing a review.
This is my first German car (although made in South Africa) and I am not disappointed. The C200 is not fast, but it's not slow. It's got enough power for day-to-day driving. With momentum behind it, the car does go pretty quick when overtaking, thanks to the supercharger.
Interior is quite comfortable for a small sedan. Seats are ARTICO leather and seem to last. No marks in them yet. Mine are partially electric. Full electric is another Mercedes upgrade. Not much leg-room in the back for bigger people. I'm a fairly tall guy (187cm), and I have ample leg room in the front; my seat can even go back a little more.
This is the face-lift model, and the controls layout is very good. Many people complain about the position of the indicator/wiper stalk, but I don't see a problem with it. Foot (hand) brake is not a problem, as this is an automatic.
I was fortunate the previous owner optioned it with the Avantgarde package and the factory AMG sports upgrades. It really looks the part, yet at the same time you can tell it's not an AMG (which I find good). The car has other goodies not standard like; headlight washers, front & rear parking control, and sunroof. I use all except the headlight washers. It's a pretty useless feature in the city as there isn't any mud.
The climate control (which is not the standard Mercedes uses in this model, it's the Avantgarde upgraded) works very well. The on-board computer is easy to use, with the LED screen right there next to the speedometer. Purchasing the bluetooth Mercedes phone module to integrate with stereo is fantastic. It also integrates with the on-board computer LED screen, bringing up your phone directory.
The car is very smooth on acceleration, and the steering more precise than I anticipated (this could be due to the sports kit). I compared it with a 3 series, and can't say it's far behind the BMW steering. It goes very well around corners, and grips to the road.
The brakes are fantastic. I've had one sticky situation where the brakes saved me from an accident. My Holden would have seen me at the panel beaters.
The gearbox has a 'manual' shift setting. Shifting can be done via the steering wheel or gearstick. It's a nifty feature when overtaking, allowing to quick-shift down a gear. It goes pretty well. But for day-to-day, I leave the car in automatic 'comfort' mode. There is an S for, what the user-manual calls, 'Standard' mode. This changes the gear ratio to a sporty setting.
I must admit, the car is fantastic on standard asphalt roads. However, when I took it on a trip, I found it a bit too stiff for bumpy country roads here in Australia. The hard suspension follows the road camber quite hard (in Australian countryside, it slopes left quite hard). It was bit annoying having to 'fight' to keep it straight, and it had the bumpy ride thrown in.
Maybe I shouldn't say this here :-); the car does 160km/h like it was 100km/h. It just wants to keep going (I did it once only).
The car is a bit noisy and not entirely free from rattles. The purge-valve (environmental value) makes a ticking sound. I did some research and concluded it's not worth replacing as it's common reoccurring fault.
I haven't had to service the car yet, but when it's time I think my bank account will be lighter. I did buy an extended warranty for any mechanical issues.
In conclusion, I'm very happy with the car. It does put a smile on my face, and I enjoy it tremendously.
ONE thing I do strongly recommend is sign up with a w203 C-Class internet forum with lots of knowledge members. You will save a pretty penny for small DIY items and general advice. Try to buy authentic Mercedes parts via ebay or online sellers. You will save a lot through the years. Mercedes: $550+ for bluetooth module. Ebay: $185.