I have to admit that I'm a little confused by all the love the C-Class gets, too. I thought it was cramped, not any quieter than the previous generation, and that the steering had a very strange, completely artificial, and rather unpleasantly glue-y sensation. It tracks better at freeway speed than the last generation, but that's not saying much (the W204 has VERY loose steering); I otherwise can't say that I prefer the steering in the current version. It's hard to compare the ride b/c of the runflats; I'd say that, w/ normal tires, the ride of the W205 would likely be vastly superior.
The interior is very prettily designed, but the base version don't really have better quality materials than the W204. The center console is also so broad that it makes the front area very cramped. Visibility in all directions is also worse.
The W205 is a superior car overall, but it's also significantly more expensive.... And significantly less reliable.
Originally Posted by mick78
The C-Class at least looks small in flesh, so you are kind of expecting it's cramped.
That's the thing; it looks small, but it actually isn't. It's actually only about an inch shorter than an A4. The A6 is impressive b/c it has an interior that's both spacious, airy, and yet intimate feeling. We'll see if the A4 can approach that....
At any rate, I look forward to reading some reviews of the car.