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."
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 Overview
What's New for 2015
The C-Class sedan has been totally redesigned.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz C300
As the junior C-Class sedan, the C300 carries an all-new turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and fuel-saving stop-start technology. The C300 retains its rear-drive layout, and all-wheel drive remains available. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Despite an overall increase in size, the sedan has shed 200 pounds thanks to a body that's 50 percent aluminum. A new suspension system provides tauter handling, and you can now order a self-leveling air suspension for optimal ride comfort. Rounding out the important changes is a standard collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
The C300 starts out with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, and power leatherette seats with driver memory, and an in-car WiFi hotspot. The standard audio system incorporates a CD player and HD radio.
The available Sport package adds AMG-spec wheels and trim throughout, plus a sport-tuned suspension. Going in the other direction, the Luxury package outfits the C300 with a heavily chromed grille, a stand-up hood ornament, multispoke wheels and standard wood interior trim.
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.