In the early 1980s, Mercedes-Benz decided it was time to downsize. The gas-powered 190E—and its diesel-powered 190D sibling—condensed all of the automaker’s traditional qualities in a smaller package. When Mercedes-Benz changed the way it named cars in 1994, the compact 190-Class became the C-Class.
The current C-Class debuted in 2008 with well-proportioned styling that disguises its smaller size. The C300 sedan features a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with direction injection, a seven-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive.