On the contrary, the car is better in its Sport mode in the UK – firmer, no doubt, but more composed and consistent. While still not BMW 3 Series or Alfa Romeo Giulia, both of which remain pleasant compact rear-wheel-drive executive sedans that have a good mix of handling and drivability, the Alfa in particular .
It’s as if Mercedes is presenting itself as much as a tech company as it is an automotive engineering company, a move embodied by a large central touchscreen that, like in a Tesla, overloads the dashboard with infotainment options. Not everything is controlled via the screen itself. There’s also questionable voice control, while the steering wheel spokes have controls for the instrument pack (left spoke) and the large display (right spoke). They would perform a lot better if their haptic-style buttons and touchpads weren’t so easy to control. And because the center screen is so big, you also can’t rest your wrist anywhere while pushing it. So while, for example, the graphics are excellent and most of the menus are thoughtfully laid out, the ergonomics are too distracting.
The fit and finish is good, however – at least on this non-specific top-of-the-line model – with design touches such as sleek air vents and some nightclub lighting suggesting it’s more of a more show business than an old car now, which isn’t the vibe Mercedes had.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-24 23:01:24