Mercedes CLC vs rivals Is the new entry level Mercedes coup, the CLC, a strong enough premium package to take honours in its first test? A taste of the high life on a down to earth louis vuitton neverfull black budget that's the tempting proposition put forward by compact executive hatchbacks. So, do they deliver?One model that scored plenty of points for style but always lacked substance was the Mercedes C Class Sports Coup. While its sleek shape was popular, the driving experience could never live up to that of its Audi rival, the A3. And since BMW launched its extended1 Series range, the entry level three pointed star three door has fallen off the radar in this sector of the market.Mercedes bosses say all that's about to change with the launch of the new CLC. It aims to take the best bits of the old Sports Coup and mould them into a more modern package.That's much easier said than done, though especially as the German model no longer has only its traditional Audi and BMW opponents to take on. It now faces stiff new competition from Volvo's style conscious C30, too.In this definitive shoot out, we bring all four compact executive hatchback rivals together to find out which offers the best entry into the premium class.Despite the rising cost of diesel, the black pump is still king in this market so we test sporty oil burning variants of each model. It's unusual for the newest model in a test to finish last, but that's where the CLC has ended up.We're just not convinced by the package, which makes only minor authentication code for louis vuitton improvements over the C Class Sports Coup especially as it's so much pricier than rivals here.Some will buy the CLC for its image and looks alone, yet the poor rear visibility and lacklustre driving make rivals louis vuitton bracelet luck it more attractive.Volvo's C30 scrapes into third. It's perfect for anyone wanting something that stands out. Yet the compromised practicality, heavy running costs and average handling all leave it lagging behind the A3 and 1 Series.The Audi finishes second. A facelift will soon help the A3 make more of louis vuitton alma used a style statement, and many buyers will be tempted by its all round talents. Our only question is whether it's substantially better than a cheaper Volkswagen Golf.Leading the way is the BMW.
The styling is still contentious and back seat space is compromised by the rear wheel drive platform. But it's a superb all rounder. The 1 Series is the complete package.
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