The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on a country road.

The C-Class Coupé – sportiness meets comfort.

Our road trip begins with a flight from London to Porto. We will be on the road in a car which combines athleticism with design.

The C-Class Coupé – sportiness meets comfort.

Our road trip begins with a flight from London to Porto. We will be on the road in a car which combines athleticism with design.

The C-Class Coupé is already waiting for us – the paint finish in designo hyacinth red metallic goes perfectly with its sporty coupé silhouette. Full of anticipation, we start the 180 kW (245 hp) turbocharged four-cylinder engine and, accompanied by the throaty sound of the sports exhaust system of the C 300 Coupé, we leave the airport multi-storey car park and head for the inner city of Porto.

C 300 Coupé: combined fuel consumption: 6.8-6.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 154-143 g/kmThe declared fuel and energy consumption figures are determined by testing under standardised laboratory conditions to comply with ADR 81/02. Real world consumption is influenced by many additional factors such as fuel quality, individual driving style, load, traffic, and vehicle condition. The declared fuel consumption figure should only be used for the purpose of comparison amongst vehicles.

The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé in front of a bridge.

3355 km

in 7 days

7 countries

with countless travel impressions

The C-Class Coupé proves itself to be a great choice of vehicle for this trip, combining comfort with a sporty set of genes. After a relaxed ride on the motorway, we take an exit which leads us along one of the winding country roads of Portugal. Here, the dynamic C-Class Coupé feels at home. As do we. A brief press is all it takes to change the DYNAMIC SELECT drive program and thus adjust the characteristics of the engine, transmission and steering from the "Comfort" setting to "Sport+". Then we set out on the hunt for winding roads. Amazed by the dynamism with which the car tackles the curves, we almost feel reluctant to stop and take a few photos of the desert-like country. We do not have much time to stay around anyway: there are still over 3000 kilometres ahead of us. We start the engine and head off in the direction of Ávila in Spain.

Flowing forms. Beautiful backdrops.

Flowing forms. Beautiful backdrops.

The photo shows a landscape on the border with Spain.
The photo shows the C-Class Coupé by a lake near the Spanish border.

Near the Spanish border we encounter another feast for the eyes - and for the camera lens: we drive across a dam and look down on the reservoir whose surface is so smooth today that the entire mountainous scenery surrounding it is depicted as a mirror image. No need to explain that the C-Class Coupé with its flowing lines cuts the perfect figure for a photo in front of this amazing backdrop. No question, this is one of the most beautiful border crossings we have ever experienced. But we have to continue our journey – onwards to Ávila.

Viva Ávila!

The photo shows das Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé outside the city wall of Ávila.
The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on the roads of Ávila.

Viva Ávila!

The sun has already set as we roll into Ávila in the C-Class Coupé. Surrounded by immense town walls, this historical town has existed since Roman times and is merely a 90-minute drive northwest of Spain’s capital, Madrid. We shoot a couple more photos and park the car outside the town walls so as not to lose ourselves in the network of one-way streets and narrow Mediaeval alleyways that make up the entire town. A walk around the town walls offers you an amazing view of the magnificent old town – especially in the evening when the walls are bathed in mood lighting by a series of lamps. On the way to Segovia, the headlamps of the LED Intelligent Light System prove to be a great help: thanks to its adaptive light functions, the headlamps automatically adjust to suit typical driving and weather situations. On the rural routes, the near-side of the road is illuminated more brightly and broadly. From 90 km/h, motorway mode is activated automatically and increases the visual range.

Segovia – where the present meets the past.

The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé in front of an enormous aqueduct.
The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on the road from Segovia.

Segovia – where the present meets the past.

Segovia isn’t just where our hotel is located, it’s also the starting point for tomorrow's trip out to the mountains of Andorra in the C-Class Coupé. Before checking in to the hotel, we fit in a night-time photoshoot in front of the huge aqueduct. It runs directly through Segovia’s city centre and, measuring up to 28 metres in height, it is impossible to overlook. In former times it was used to transport fresh spring water from the mountains of the Sierra de Fuenfría around 17 kilometres to Segovia. Despite the structure having been built during Roman times, it was still in use until as recently as 1974 – a truly impressive piece of history. Unfortunately the weather report for the next day is less impressive: Andorra is expecting a spell of bad weather. So we make the decision to head directly for Barcelona instead.

Barcelona: a city resembling a work of art.

Barcelona: a city resembling a work of art.

The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé in front of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
The photo shows the view of Barcelona from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.

Seven hours and just over 700 km later, we find ourselves in Barcelona. We cruise into the town, which is equally as fascinating as it is chaotic; a perfect place to try out the sound of the Burmester® surround sound system. Through 13 speakers, David Bowie's "A Reality Tour" concert sounds as if we were directly in the hall in front of the stage. Thankfully, we find a free parking space directly next to the world-famous Sagrada Família. Despite the impressive church still being under construction, it is the unmistakable emblem of the Catalan capital.

Strolling through the inner city, we are increasingly conscious that Barcelona has a unique atmosphere – it is a melting-pot of art and savoir-vivre, flanked by a beautiful coast stretched out directly outside the city. We would happily stay a couple of days longer, but unfortunately we need to continue our journey.

Among yachts in Monaco.

The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé parked in front of a number of yachts in Monaco.

Among yachts in Monaco.

A trip through the south of France without a short pit stop in Monaco? Unimaginable! So we don’t miss the chance to complete a lap in the C-Class Coupé – with the obligatory photo on the hairpin bend, of course. As we leave the tunnel heading for the infamous "Nouvelle Chicane", we suddenly find ourselves in the best of company: a number of elegant yachts await us in the marina, anxious to be photographed with the C-Class Coupé. The car is perfectly suited to this area.

A driving experience that touches all the senses.

A driving experience that touches all the senses.

The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on a picturesque pass road in Switzerland.
The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé in front of a bridge in an impressive town.
The photo shows the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on an icy road.

During the final stage from Turin to Stuttgart, we not only get to see the weather from its finest side, but also the C 300 Coupé. On the wonderful mountain passes of Switzerland, the dynamic chassis shows the true strengths of its 4-link front axle featuring wheel suspension which is decoupled from the spring strut. As a result it offers lots of grip, can withstand high lateral forces and manages time and time again to bring a smile to the driver’s face. The engine sound of the 180 kW (245 hp), two-litre, four-cylinder engine adds acoustic pleasure to the mix. Only a shame that even the longest roadtrip must end at some time; a few hours later we reach our final destination, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. And so a journey with innumerable impressions in an elegant yet sporty C-Class Coupé draws to a close after precisely seven days and 3355 kilometres. It was a true driving experience for all the senses.