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Mercedes Benz C Class Ultimate Buying Guide

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most classically attractive luxury vehicle money can buy. Before purchasing a C-Class, what knowledge should you possess? Don’t worry; we’ll cover everything in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.

Buying a car like this means you are doing well and, on your way, to doing even better by upgrading to an S-Class. Typically, we’d argue that increasing the size of a car degrades performance, but the C-Class was always about enjoying the drive to and from work rather than turning it into work. With the increased size comes more room for a stunning physique and many technologies.

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How It Feels To Drive the C Class

Due to an exterior carved from polished marble and an interior fashioned from the finest silks, the C-Class will make anyone feel like a billionaire. In basic-level C300 form, the AWD (4MATIC) system which keeps the car rooted in wet conditions, while the standard 2.0-liter turbo inline-four drives it without making you notice how heavy it is.

That standard engine only produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which was formerly impressive for a tiny engine but now places the car in line with the rest of the competitors. If you need more power, the C450 has a 362 horsepower Biturbo V6 and the C63 has a 469 horsepower V8.

The C300, on the other hand, is purchased by a majority of people, and they will receive a vehicle that is appropriately quick as well as more comfortable and well-appointed. It has the sense of an S-Class that has been shrunk down into a smaller, more city-friendly vehicle.

What’s New With Mercedes-C-Class?

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The C-Class Coupe has existed since the dawn of time. And we truly mean “2012” when we say “stone Age.” Yes, the C-Class Coupe is based on the earlier W204’s post-facelift, and it hasn’t altered much since its 2012 debut.

Alternatively, the C-Class sedan got the better treatment when it was renamed W205 and modified to incorporate the Mercedes’ brand-new Modular Rear-Wheel Drive (MRA) design. The 2015 C-Class sedan gets a stunning new external style with all-aluminum sheet metal, a new interior, new engine options, and a slew of new safety features.

In 2016, Mercedes took the 3.0-liter C450 AMG sport to replace the C400. A C300 diesel and C350E Plug-In Hybrid were also introduced for 2016. The C450 AMG Sport also has better fuel consumption with efforts to roll out the hybrid and diesel models underway.

Powertrain Breakdown

The C-Class Coupe is available with a 1.8, 3.5, or 6.3-litre turbo, v6, or the V8 engine. On the other hand, the C-Class sedan has a 2.0-liter l4, either turbo or hybrid, a 4-liter V8, a 3-liter V6, and a 2.1-liter turbodiesel.

Torque and power figures are more than adequate for a vehicle weighing between 3,500 and 4,000 pounds. Even the 1.8-liter engine in the Coupe produces over 200 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The standard power for the redesigned coupe is the C300 Sedan with a 240 horsepower, 273 pounds, and a 2.0-liter engine.

The six-cylinder engines provide 300 horsepower. However, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine was replaced with the more powerful, more efficient 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine when the Coupe was rebranded as a W205.

On the Holy Crap end of the scale, the C63 AMGs produce anything from 451 horsepower to the massive 503 horsepower from a 6.3-liter coupe on the AMG S Sedan. Although the 6.3-liter V8’s days are limited, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is an incredible machine.

Fuel Economy Analysis

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The modern generation sedan’s two, three, and four-liter engines all surpass the Coupe’s equivalent engine options in terms of power and efficiency. The aggregate fuel efficiency numbers for the Sedan’s three engines are 28 for the 2-liter engine, 24 for the 3-liter engine, and 20 for the 4-liter engine. These numbers are equal to those of the three series released by BMW, which is regarded as a trailblazer in inefficiency. We don’t yet have hybrid and diesel fuel efficiency figures for the 300e and 300d, but we’re curious to see where they wind up.

The Coupe’s statistics aren’t quite where they should be, but with next year’s upgrade, all C-Class grades should have solid and economical powertrains.

Trim Level Breakdown

The C-Class is available in two body styles, i.e., Sedan and Coupe. The Coupe is available in the C63 AMG Coupe, C350, and C250 designs, while the Sedan is available in AMG C63, AMG C63 S, C450, and C300 C300d, and C300e formats.

The steering is electronic, and the suspension is multi-link with coil or air springs. The diameters of front disc brakes vary greatly. The C250 has 11.6 inches, the C300 has 13 inches, and the AMG Sedan has 15 inches. Rear rotors are available in 11.8, 12.6, 13, or 14.2-inch sizes.

  • C300 Sedan: The starting price is around $38,950. Standard characteristics worth mentioning are: Selectable drive options, 17-inch rims, Collision Warning Assist Plus, Attention Assistance, LED daytime car lights, Crosswind Support, Pre-Safe, and seven airbags Adaptive Brakes, rain-sensing wipers, and keyless entry are all standard features. 14-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, split-folding rear seats, and power-folding side mirrors are all standard features. 7-inch infotainment screen, touchpad controller, and 7-inch infotainer
  • 2015 C250 Coupe: Prices begin at around $39,400. Among the notable standard features are 1.8-liter turbocharged I4, seven-speed automated gearbox, Agility Control active suspension, reduced, sport-tuned suspension 17-inch rims, nine airbags, focus Assist, adaptive headlights made of LED’s, rain-automated wipers, temperature variation, an audio system with 8 Harman/Kardon speakers, front seats with heaters, 5.8-inch color information screen, 3.5-inch inflorescence display.
  • C450 AMG: Prices begin at around $50,800.Among the notable standard improvements over the C300 Sedan are All-wheel-drive, seven-speed gearbox, adaptive suspension, AMG performance brakes, AMG sports muffler, torque vectoring brakes, AMG sports steering wheel, 18-inch rims, AMG exterior and interior decoration, aluminum pedals, Blind Spot Warning, 14-way power driver seat with memory Notable alternatives: The Multimedia Package, which is valid for five years, includes navigation with an 8.4-inch screen, voice commands, satellite traffic, and weather.
  • C63 AMG Coupe 2015 model: Prices begin at around $63,000. Among the notable standard features are AMG sports intermission, 18-inch rims, AMG framework design, nine airbags, focus Assist, adaptive headlights made of LED’s, rain-automated wipers, paddings of vinyl, temperature variations, AMG sports seating, heated anterior seats, Standard features include an audio system with 8 Harman/Kardon speakers, a 5.8-inch central display, Bi-Xenon lights having active curve lighting, and Adaptive High beam Assist.
  • AMG C63 Sedan: Starts at around $65,250. Features include an audio system with thirteen Burmester speakers, a focus assist, a driver grogginess scanner, a multi-clutch transmission, eccentric anterior spindle, pliant intermission, Bi-Xenon lights, and AMG internal and external design, eccentric 18-inch wheels, tacked dashboard, heated anterior seats.
  • AMG C63 S Sedan: The starting price is $73,250. The optional options above the C63 Sedan include a 516-horsepower 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8, dynamic engine mounts, 19-inch amalgam wheels, headlamps, and taillamps made of LEDs.
  • Noteworthy alternatives: The C450 AMG with headlamps and taillamps made of LED’s, malleable shaft beam boost, functional turn illumination ($800), and powerful execution tailpipe ($1,250).

What About Personalization?

In the past, Mercedes would normally provide a wide selection of optional accessories, but due to the broad range of trims, they are now grouped together – rather than choosing separate additions.

The standard customization choices, such as color and wheel selection, are limited. Polar White is the default hue. However, brighter tints such as Brilliant Blue can also be used. You may also select the unique Designo Diamond White (pearl). Depending on the version, various interior trim options are available, with ash trim available on higher-spec models. If your vehicle has leather seats, you may customize the upholstery in various colors such as black, beige, and brown. Roof boxes, thick floor mats, and LED projector puddle lights are among the extras available.

Which One We’d Buy

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If we were searching for a tiny S-Class and didn’t want to wait a year for the redesigned Coupe, we’d choose a base C300, which is a wonderful deal at around $42,050 out the door, or a C450 AMG if we needed more power and sports cred.

The C63 version has better horsepower than the C450. However, the multi-speed automated gearbox and conventional four-wheel drive make up for those inadequacies, pushing the over 3500 pounds Mercedes to 60 in 5.0 seconds. Not to add, the C450 retains AMG performance features such as enhanced brakes and suspension while costing roughly $15,000 less than the C63 siblings. Furthermore, the C450 achieves 29 MPG on the highway, four MPG higher than the C63s. For a standard C450 with a destination, the total cost is around $51,725.

Bjorn Kreiger

As a car junkie, our expert reviews by Bjorn give you a fresh perspective from a former mechanic and now automotive journalist. Bjorn has been fortunate enough to work on classic muscle cars, luxury vehicles, and super cars. He continues to attend coffee and car meetups as well as local auto shows.

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