Though it retains its compact dimensions, the reborn Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no longer the automaker's entry-level line. It's a tad larger this time around and noticeably more refined and luxurious. Certainly the C-Class has killed off any vestiges of its original reputation as a "baby Benz."
What's New for 2015
The C-Class sedan has been totally redesigned.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz C300
Several option groups are available on the both the Sport and Luxury versions. The Interior package adds leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and ambient cabin lighting. With the Premium package, you get heated front seats, LED headlamps and a 13-speaker Burmester audio system with satellite radio. There's a Multimedia package with navigation and a rearview camera. The Driver Assistance package comes with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist
Individual options are numerous and include a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, a cabin fragrance system and a power-closing trunk. Some of the contents of the option packages are available separately if you don't want to spring for the whole bundle.
The new C300 costs more than its predecessor and the option packages can push the sticker well into midsize luxury territory, if not beyond. That's understandable since you're getting a lot more car with the latest redo, but previous C-Class buyers might be in for a taste of sticker shock.