Eye Popping - 2008 Mercdes-Benz C300 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Mercdes-Benz C300: Eye Popping

June 24, 2008

One of my complaints about modern German cars is that I think many features are way over engineered. I know this isn't a new topic or a mind-blowing concept so save the comments folks.

However, one over engineered aspect of our C300 that I think the folks in Stuttgart got right is the pop out screen. Complicated?

Yes. Necessary? No. Cool? Oh yeah.

In my opinion, cars in today's hyper-competitive luxury segment aren't all that different from each other in terms of packaging, so it's the details and styling that will help differentiate yourself from the competition. In a recent trip up to the San Francisco bay area this past weekend, the pop out screen did the "oooooh" factor plenty from friends and family.

Is it going to be the key factor in a sale? I seriously doubt it. People have different tastes and preferences, but the cool factor of a high-resolution screen that pops out of a dash will resonate with a lot of buyers. It's that slight edge that might make the difference in a sale.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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