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Mercedes-Benz overview

Mercedes-Benz – pronounced muh say deez benz in English – is a symbol of luxury, performance, and technological innovation. This globally recognised German founded brand was a merger between two pioneering automobile companies, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie.

Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with elegance and refinement. Its wide range of models are an excellent blend of style and advanced technology. Thanks to this blend of attentive manufacturing and luxurious interiors, Mercedes-Benz cars are among the most prestigious in the world.

As well as a well-earned reputation for manufacturing excellence and luxury, Mercedes-Benz is also an innovative brand. One of the brand’s founders, Karl Benz, invented the first gasoline-powered automobile in 1886. In 1959, Mercedes-Benz introduced the first impact-absorbing bonnet and in 1981. It became the first brand to include an airbag in its production.

Mercedes-Benz has also taken strides to add hybrid and all-electric models to its range. Unveiled in 2014 the S500 Plug-In Hybrid was the brand’s first-ever hybrid model. It released its first all-electric model, the EQC, in 2019. The company also owns a sub-brand, EQ, dedicated solely to producing electric vehicles.

Recently, Mercedes-Benz has continued to introduce wide-ranging technology to its premium models. This includes the semi-autonomous driving system DISTRONIC PLUS, which uses radar-based technology to maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead. Many also include the AIR BODY CONTROL suspension, which delivers unparalleled ride comfort and handling.


Mercedes-Benz engine and powertrain badging

On Mercedes models manufactured pre-2015, the engine and powertrain naming conventions were quite different. Pre-2015 models included ‘plug-in hybrid’, ‘Bluetec’ and ‘E-Cell’ badging. Since then, Mercedes has simplified this.

If a Mercedes model has a ‘d’ on the boot, this means the car has a diesel powertrain. The ‘d’ replaced ‘CDI’ and ‘Bluetec’ badging. Examples of this include: A180d, E350d or GLA 200d.

If the model has ‘h’ on its boot lid, it is a hybrid model. ‘h’ models can be either petrol (400h) or diesel (300h) combined with electric. ‘h’ models would have previously had ‘Hybrid’ and ‘Bluetec Hybrid’ badging. The letter ‘e’ denotes fully electric or plug-in hybrid models e.g., CLA 250e or C300e. ‘e’ models would have previously adorned ‘Plug-In Hybrid’, ‘Bluetec Plug-In Hybrid’ or ‘Electric Drive’ badging.

If the ‘4MATIC’ badging appears on the model, this means that the model is equipped with Mercedes’ esteemed AWD system. Similarly, if the model features ‘AMG’ badging, this means that the model has a high-performance engine.

The numbers in Mercedes’ badging traditionally referred to the engine size of the model. For example, a C200 would be a C-Class with a 2.0-litre engine. A petrol C200 with 184bh will go from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. More recently, the numbers refer to the relative power of the engine. Therefore, a C220 is still a 2.0-litre engine (like the C200) but with a higher horsepower output due to the twin-turbo engine. A C220d generates 194bhp and achieves 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds. A C63 is the C-Class with a 6.3-litre engine. A 2018 petrol C63 generates 476bhp and achieves 0-62mph in an extremely impressive 4 seconds.

The A160 is an A-Class with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. This offers 102bhp and goes from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds. Production of the A160 ceased in 2018 but you may still find some used A160 cars in stock! The A180 and A200 are available with the same 1.3-litre petrol engine - the main difference between them is horsepower. The A180 offers 136bhp and goes from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds, whereas the A200 offers 163bhp and does 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds. The A220 has a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with 190bhp, this A-Class will do 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds.


Popular Mercedes-Benz models

Three sub-brands are encompassed by the Mercedes brand: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach (high-end luxury) and Mercedes-AMG (high performance).


Mercedes-benz model naming conventions

Mercedes-Benz model naming conventions are centred around a ‘core’ range of models which include the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, G-Class, M-Class, S-Class and X-Class. The letters which precede ‘Class’ typically denote the body type of the model:


Model Name Body Type/Model Description
A-Class Luxury subcompact hatchback or saloon
B-Class Subcompact multipurpose vehicle
C-Class “Comfort Class” - Luxury compact saloon, coupé and convertible
E-Class “Executive Class” - Luxury mid-sized saloon, coupé and convertible
G-Class Luxury off-road models
S-Class “Special Class” - Luxury full-sized saloon, coupé and convertible
V-Class Large MPV (van-based)
GL SUV models which include: GLA, GLB, GLC (replaced the GLK which wasn’t sold in the UK), GLE (replaced the ML-Class) & GLS (replaced the GL-Class)
CL Four-door coupé -style models, including: CLA, CLS & CLS Shooting Brake
SL Roaster style (two-door) models like the SLC (replaced the SLK) and the SL
EQ Electric and concept models

Among Mercedes-Benz’s most popular models is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Available in both hatchback and saloon bodies, this compact model boasts a range of powerful engines and plenty of style. The A 200 AMG model also won Family Car of the Year in Carwow’s 2019 awards.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a series of luxury compact cars first launched in 1993. Available as a saloon, estate, convertible and coupé, C-Class models deliver an excellent driving experience thanks to their efficient and powerful engines. And through these engines as well as its exceptionally designed interior, the C 300 De model won Best Executive Car at the 2020 What Car? Awards.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a compact SUV that combines great practicality and style. First launched in 2013, it is the smallest SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s range and comes with a select choice of four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. It was voted as Auto Express’ Small Premium SUV of the Year in 2022.

A stylish, four-door coupé, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is heavily inspired by the A-Class’s sporty design and performance. It was voted the Best Coupé for more than £30,000 in What Car?’s 2020 awards.

With a well-earned reputation for delivering class-leading comfort, refinement and cabin technology, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the leading executive cars in the market. Winning the award for Best Executive Car of the Year in 2019, it comes with petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines.

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC was the company’s first electric vehicle. Launched in 2019, it is powered by an 80kWh battery which helps take its single charge up to 255 miles.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact SUV with lots of space and practicality. An ideal family car thanks to its five-star safety system, great practicality, and comfort, it was first released in 2005.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a plug-in hybrid SUV. Luxurious, efficient, and highly practical, it was first unveiled in 2015 and won Best Large SUV at the What Car? 2019 awards.


Manufacturer awards

Over its near century-long existence, Mercedes-Benz has won many prestigious awards. It has won World Luxury Car at the World Car Awards many times, along with Best Luxury Car Brand at the 2021 World Car Awards.


Mercedes-Benz Frequently asked questions

Who owns Mercedes?

Mercedes-Benz is owned by Daimler AG, a German multinational corporation which also owns other vehicle producers like Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses, Detroit Diesel, and Western Star.

Where is Mercedes from?

Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany.

When was Mercedes founded?

Mercedes-Benz was founded in 1926.

What companies does Mercedes own?

Mercedes-Benz is owned by Daimler AG, which also owns vehicle manufacturers like Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses and Smart Automobile.

Which Mercedes class is the best?

While some people may prefer different models, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is often considered the flagship model due to its luxurious features and advanced technology.

Who makes Mercedes engines?

Mercedes-Benz engines are manufactured by Daimler AG – the group that owns the brand.

How much is a Mercedes-Benz?

The price of a Mercedes-Benz can vary depending on the model, year and trim. A new Mercedes-Benz ranges from around £25,000 for a compact model like the A-Class to over £100,000 for high-end models like the S-Class or AMG GT. If buying a used model, a Mercedes-Benz model will cost less.

How much is Mercedes service?

The cost of a Mercedes-Benz service can vary depending on the vehicle’s model, age, mileage, and location. Contact your closest Arnold Clark dealership to find out more.

What is Service A on Mercedes?

Service A on a Mercedes-Benz vehicle is a routine maintenance package. It includes an oil change, an inspection of all fluids and belts, a brake check, tyre rotation, and a thorough safety inspection.

What is Mercedes Service B?

Mercedes Service B is a maintenance package normally required after the first 20,000 miles or two years of ownership. It includes a thorough safety check, oil check, brake check, fuel filter replacement, the replenishment of your supply of AdBlue fuel and any specific repairs to your model.

What is Mercedes AMG?

The AMG version of a Mercedes-Benz car is a top-level trim with more powerful engines, sporty design, and extensive cabin technology.

What does AMG mean in Mercedes?

AMG stands for Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach, the names of the founders and the town where the company was founded. AMG models are high-performance versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, featuring more powerful engines and sportier designs.

How much is a Mercedes AMG?

The price of a Mercedes AMG model varies depending on the trim. Entry-level versions start from around £35,000 while higher-level iterations are over £150,000.

What is 4MATIC in Mercedes cars?

4MATIC is Mercedes-Benz’s four-wheel-drive system. It provides improved traction and handling by distributing power to all four wheels.

What is CDI Mercedes?

CDI stands for Common Rail Direct Injection. It is a type of diesel engine technology used by Mercedes-Benz and improves the efficiency and performance of these engines.

What is Mercedes BlueEfficiency?

Mercedes-Benz’s BlueEfficiency technology increases an engine’s fuel efficiency while reducing its emissions.

What is BlueTEC Mercedes?

BlueTEC is a technology used by Mercedes-Benz in its diesel engines to reduce emissions, particularly nitrogen oxide. It includes features like a urea injection system and a particulate filter.

What is Mercedes Parktronic?

Parktronic is a parking assistance system used by Mercedes-Benz. It uses sensors around the vehicle to detect obstacles and provide visual and audible warnings to help the driver park safely.

What is Mercedes Night Package?

The Night Package is an optional styling package offered by Mercedes-Benz. It comes with black exterior details, like gloss black mirror covers and black alloy wheels, which gives these cars an unmistakable style.

What does CLA stand for Mercedes?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a compact executive car, with its name standing for "Coupé Light A-Class".

How to connect to Mercedes Bluetooth?

With your car switched on, turn on Bluetooth in your phone’s settings. In the list of available devices, select your vehicle and follow the instructions to pair the devices.

How to connect phone to Mercedes?

You can connect your phone to a Mercedes-Benz car by activating the Bluetooth in your phone settings and connecting it to your car.

How do I know if my Mercedes has Apple CarPlay?

You can tell if your Mercedes-Benz has Apple CarPlay if there is a ‘CarPlay’ option in the ‘Media’ settings of your model’s infotainment system.

How to update Mercedes sat nav?

You can update the sat nav of your Mercedes-Benz by downloading the company’s latest sat nav updates onto an SD card and inserting it into the SD card slot of your model. If your car can update automatically via over-the-air updates, your sat nav will automatically update while connected to your Wi-Fi.

How to reset tyre pressure on Mercedes a class?

To reset the tyre pressure on a Mercedes A-Class, press the home button on the steering wheel and scroll to the 'Service' menu. Select 'Tyre Pressure' and then 'Confirm Tyre Pressure'. Follow the instructions to reset your tyre pressure.

How do I know if my Mercedes has park assist?

If your Mercedes-Benz has Park Assist, you will see a 'P' icon with a steering wheel next to it on your vehicle's instrument cluster.

How to activate Mercedes eco start/stop?

Mercedes-Benz’s eco start/stop automatically stops the engine when your car is stationary to save fuel. You can turn it on and off by using the ECO button on the dashboard.

How to turn on ambient lighting Mercedes A-Class?

You can turn on ambient lighting by navigating to the ‘Vehicle Settings’ menu, pressing the ‘Light Settings’ option and then activating the ambient lighting from there.

What is night edition Mercedes?

The Night Edition is a special edition trim on some Mercedes-Benz models. It features black exterior accents, unique alloy wheels, and exclusive interior trim for a distinctive look.

BMW or Mercedes, which is better?

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz produce high-quality, sporty, and luxurious models. While it is down to personal choice, BMW is often praised for its sporty driving dynamics and innovative technology, while Mercedes-Benz is known for its luxury and comfort.

How to pronounce Mercedes?

Mercedes-Benz is pronounced differently in English and German. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), the German pronunciation is mɛʁˌtseːdəs ˈbɛnts, while the English pronunciation is mɜːrˈsiːdiːz ˈbɛnts. The main difference is that the German pronunciation includes a pronounced ‘t.’


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