Redesigned in 2015, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 is larger and more enticing than before. Like many of its luxury rivals, the C-Class is now nearly midsize with its own silhouette and design details. Rear-wheel drive is standard: 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available. Higher-end and performance sedan models are also available.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 starts at $38,950 (plus a $925 destination charge) for the standard model powered by a 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Other models available include the C300 4MATIC Sedan priced from $40,950 and various C450 and AMG editions to complete the C-Class range. A fully-optioned C300 4MATIC with sport and interior packages tops $48,000.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • Seventeen-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Turn signal indicators within power-folding side mirrors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Fourteen-way power driver seat with memory
  • Touchpad controller
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Adaptive braking technology

Performance Pros

Mercedes-Benz C300
  • Our testers found that the turbo four-cylinder engine delivers ample performance, taking the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just under 6.5 seconds.
  • Boost kicks in almost instantly and feels strong throughout the rev band.
  • A continuously variable damping stystem provides a range of adjustments, including Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Sport+ along with another setting for personal adjustment.

Performance Cons

While the sedan’s air suspension system provides a comfortable, smooth ride, it keeps the car strangely flat except in the tightest corners.

Interior Pros

Mercedes Benz C300
  • The upscale design language found in Mercedes-Benz's higher-end models has come to the C-Class. The design is luxuriant and matches well with the sedan's all-new exterior.
  • The steering wheel is flat-bottomed and driver controls are neatly arranged on both sides of the horizontal spokes.
  • Overall, our testers called the sedan's cabin a knockout, comparing it to what you'd find in vehicles costing nearly twice as much.

Interior Cons

  • The COMAND controller for the sedan's infotainment system lags in the usability department. Most competing models offer better arranged and accessed systems.
  • We found the rear seat isn't much more usable or comfortable than the previous model.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t take second place to anyone when it comes to safety features—including Volvo, a pioneer in safety innovation. The C300 comes with multiple safety features standard collision prevention assist plus, an adaptive cruise control system providing partial braking. A $2,800 driver assist package adds in cross-traffic assist, steering assist, and an automatic braking system with pedestrian recognition.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The upper end of the C300 range brings this sedan very close to the starting price for the larger E-Class Sedan. No longer the entry-level Mercedes-Benz sedan (that distinction now belongs to the front- or optional all-wheel drive CLA), the C300 loaded the way you want it will set you back by about $50,000.

The Bottom Line

Mercedes-Benz C300

In the C300, Mercedes-Benz offers a stronger model to go up against the segment-leading BMW 3 Series as well as the upstart Cadillac ATS sedan. In the ever-expanding Mercedes universe, the C-Class shines, offering a look and features that are found in more expensive models. Upper end models such as C450 and AMG might also be considered, lifting the sedan’s final price deep into E-Class range.