BMW 4-Series vs Merc C-Coupe vs Audi A5
BMW's two-door successor to the 3-Series coupe has arrived. We test it against its German competition
Posted: 04 Dec 2013
The Merc has the only hydraulic steering, and although it lacks the BMW's immediacy, it takes on a pleasing weight when loaded. Like the BMW, it has active suspension, although the car judges the mood for itself, so there's nothing for the driver to toggle. And it does a pretty good job, feeling firm yet comfortable, as if riding on a bed of expensive memory foam. You rarely feel any whacks - again, thank the 18s - and it's almost always well behaved, no matter what sort of road rolls beneath it. At 1,630kg, it's the heaviest car here by over 150kg, but also the most compact (though the blind spot is a pain at tight junctions). In many ways, it's like a decent hot hatch, with the bonus of rear-wheel drive.