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2018 Base C 300 Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $40,250
2018 Base C 300 All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $42,250
2018 Base C 300 Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $43,200
2018 Base C 300 All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $45,200
2018 Base C 350e 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,900
2018 Base C 300 Rear-wheel Drive Cabriolet Price:   -  From $51,200
2018 Base C 300 All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Cabriolet Price:   -  From $53,200
2018 Base AMG C 43 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $53,400
2018 Base AMG C 43 2dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $55,900
2018 Base AMG C 43 2dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Cabriolet Price:   -  From $60,800
2018 Base AMG C 63 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $66,100
2018 Base AMG C 63 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $67,500
2018 Base AMG C 63 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $73,500
2018 S AMG C 63 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $73,700
2018 S AMG C 63 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $75,500
2018 S AMG C 63 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $81,500
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Overview

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class continues its battle in the hotly-contested executive sedan segment, which apart from the ever-improving BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 also has new players in the Jaguar XE and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. But the C-Class remains an attractive proposition, thanks in large part to its uncompromising approach to luxury, channeling its big brother, the flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class, to leap ahead of its rivals.

What's New for 2018

Apart from re-organizing the equipment list, the only major change Mercedes has made for the 2018 C-Class is that it has replaced the seven-speed automatic gearbox of the C300 with a nine-speed unit. This is not surprising after last year saw two new body styles and a pair of high-performance models hit the market.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class is available in a multitude of mechanical configurations

The most-basic variant is the C300, which gets a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive an option. Regardless of the drivetrain, power is the sent to the wheels by a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy for is 24 miles per gallon in city, 34 highway and 28 mpg combined for RWD models and 24/31/27 mpg for AWD.

Slotting above the C300 is the C350e plug-in hybrid, which pairs a 2.0-liter engine with a 6.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The C350e has a pure-electric range of 19 miles and returns 51 mpg when the batteries are fully charged. Interestingly, despite the added weight of the electric powertrain, the C350e is fairly quick – it takes just 5.9 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour.

Now entering the AMG arena, with the C43 AMG – its 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 produces 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, while mated to a nine-speed auto gearbox. All-wheel drive is standard and the added traction allows the C43 to reach 60 mph in under five seconds.

And coming to the hardcore C63 and C63 S models — both get a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that pushes out 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the former and 510 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the latter. In the C63 S Coupe, which is the fastest C-Class in the line-up, 60 mph time arrives in just 3.8 seconds. A super-quick seven-speed AMG-spec transmission helps in this endeavor, although rear-wheel drive means the experience will be rather lively.

Overall, there are more than 10 packages available to the customers on the C-Class. Our picks are the Smartphone Integration Package ($350), Lighting Package ($1,090 to $1,900 depending on body style) and Driver Assistance Package ($2,250 to $3,600). The Smartphone packs included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Lighting pack adds adaptive headlights, high-beam assist and ambient lighting, while the Driver Assistance Package adds active blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist, speed-limit assistance, enhanced version of the Pre-Safe collision prevention system and more. For the C300, customers could also look at the AMG Line package ($1,325 to $2,175), which retunes the suspension and the brakes and fits a body-kit for a sportier look.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

C300

The C300 starts at $41,245 for the sedan variant, $44,195 for the coupe, and $54,195 for the convertible (all prices include a $995 destination charges). All-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the price.

Standard features include 17-inch wheels, sunroof, LED headlamps and running lights, rear-view camera, faux leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and a 7.0-inch infotainment system. The coupe gets an elegant panoramic sunroof, while the convertible makes use of a soft-top.

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C350e

The C350e costs $47,045 and is sold in the sedan variant only. A seven-speed automatic ‘box is standard, while rear-wheel drive is the only configuration on offer.

Features on the C350e are more-or-less the same as those on the C300. However, the electric powertrain adds a few mechanical components such as a radar-based regenerative braking system and a haptic throttle pedal, which provides feedback to the driver via pulses and vibrations to help them drive in the most fuel-efficient manner.

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C43 AMG

The C43 AMG retails at $54,395 for the sedan, $56,895 for the coupe, and $61,795 for the convertible. It gets all the features of the lower trims plus more aggressive styling and mechanical tweaks to back up the high-performance engine. This means, on the design side, new components include 18-inch wheels, an AMG bodykit, and a restyled cockpit with a new steering wheel design, more supportive seats and unique upholstery, and aluminum pedals. Meanwhile, chassis updates consist of a tuned suspension, better brakes, a sport exhaust system, and an overhauled stability control system.

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C63 AMG

The C63 AMG starts at $67,095 for the sedan, $68,495 for the coupe and $74,495 for the cabriolet. Meanwhile, the C63 S AMG starts at $74,695 for the sedan, $76,495 for coupe and $82,495 for cabriolet. Despite minor upgrades to the feature-list and an altered design, the primary changes on the these cars are under the skin. You have bolstered brakes, a new exhaust system, a tweaked suspension, launch control, an AMG-tuned, dual-clutch transmission for quicker shifts, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in sticky high-performance tires.

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The pick with the C-Class depends on your budget and requirements. If you want a daily driver, the C300 and C350e are appropriate models. However, if you are looking for performance and have a fanciful budget, the C43 or C63 are unlikely to disappoint. A sedan body style is the most practical one, but the coupe and cabriolet versions are more eye-catching.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class lives by both the rules of the crowded entry-level luxury field and the example of its larger siblings which wear the three-pointed star. Any of the broad variety of C-Class models will match the moves of competitors while fitting traditional Mercedes traits like refined design and superlative engineering into restrained dimensions and an approachable (if still upscale) asking price.

Best Value

The C-Class isn't a single model but rather an umbrella description, with buyers able to select from three body styles - traditional sedan, sophisticated coupe, and stylish cabriolet with an insulated multilayer cloth top - and up to six driveline options, ranging from a thoroughly effective 241-horsepower turbo inline-four (available with both rear- and all-wheel-drive) to a thoroughly excessive 503-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 in the C63 AMG. Options range from the functional (head-up display, $990) to the indulgent (the glorious 13-speaker Burmester sound system, $850) to the debatably tasteful (the increasingly popular illuminated three-pointed star in the grille, $450 if you insist) and, as expected, usually tend toward the expensive end of things.

In line with that, any Mercedes is more about personal satisfaction than basic transportation; the question of value here is a bit different than the typical angling for a minimum bottom line. The C-Class deserves some quality-of-life flourishes (and benefits from a few options to match up to the standard equipment of its rivals, which often include such niceties as leather upholstery).

So with that in mind, a well-rounded high-value case for the C-Class:

  • Model: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan
  • Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 241 hp / 273 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 24 City/33 Hwy
  • Options: Leather seating package (includes memory for driver's seat settings; $1,950), Premium package (keyless entry and starting, blind-spot monitors, SiriusXM satellite radio; $1,250) heated front seats ($580), smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; $350)
  • Base Price: $41,245 (including $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $45,375

Performance

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class may be one Mercedes' smaller Mercedes offerings, but its capabilities fully live up to the identity and traditions of the name. Acceleration is smooth and strong, brakes are up to the demands of Autobahn usage, and the body structure retains the proverbial Mercedes bank-vault solidity. What has changed is the handling feel; the current Cs are pleasantly lightfooted compared to prior generations and are now as responsive and lively as the class leaders without tipping over into twitchiness - although ride quality is also noticeably tighter, as well.

All of this gets accelerated (literally) when the letters AMG are added to the model designation. The C43 is powered by a tuned version of the corporate 3-liter turbocharged V6, sending assertive levels of drive to all four wheels. Then there's the C63 and C63 S, which are nothing less than improbably refined high-tech muscle cars; a massive wave of turbo V8 force is funneled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to wide rear tires, while a suitably upgraded chassis keeps everything firmly under the complete control expected from a Mercedes.

That sense of heritage brings with it one notable compromise on the performance front: as is normal for Mercedes products, no C-Class model is available with a manual transmission. Mercedes automatics are consistently excellent, but drivers who still prefer the heightened engagement and control of a stick and three pedals face a tough call. On the other side of performance considerations, the effects of the C350e's hybrid arrangement are minimal to the point of being disappointing.

Style

The C-Class's cabin is an exercise in effective upscale design - logical without being cold, luxurious without being excessive. The dashboard and center console present an array of attractive shapes and high-quality materials; the AMG models (and the AMG package for the C300) add a few more stylish metallic accents. The positioning of the large multifunction display may be a bit inelegant, but on balance it's also well up and in the driver's line of sight.

On the outside the C-Class - like its larger E and S siblings - thankfully refuses to play along with the visually irritating creases-on-creases trend, instead favoring a blend of clean character lines and organic curves brought together by taut tailoring.

The Best and Worst Things

The fusion of upscale luxury and massive power in the C63 and C63S puts refined decadence on top of refined decadence. The turbo V8-powered sister ships don't aim to be street-legal race cars like the BMW M3 and M4; instead, they follow in the footsteps of legendary predecessors like the 300SEL 6.3 and 500E, presenting a civilized and hugely gratifying solution to real-world considerations and preferences.

The C350e plug-in hybrid feels like something between an unenthusiastic gesture towards regulations and a missed opportunity. The electric-power effect barely registers: unimpressive range on battery, a tendency for the gas engine to constantly step in, a marginal overall effect on fuel economy. It's fair to expect more from a company with a reputation for serious engineering.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Do you appreciate intelligent design and solid construction, gravitate towards dignified styling statements and driving characteristics, and find it unnecessary to chase fleeting or garish trends? The C-Class is one of the better choices in a busy and competitive compact-luxury-sedan market, especially for drivers who favor classic elegance over edginess.

Do you plan to regularly have stylish passengers in the rear seat and their upscale luggage in the trunk? Access is moderately graceful (sedan) to awkward (coupe and convertible) and once back there occupants will find room is on the short side compared to the competition. Trunk space is also under the class average: around twelve cubic feet for the sedan, less than nine for the convertible.

The Bottom Line

The C-Class may be a bit less spacious and bit more expensive than most of its rivals, but you get what you pay for in terms of design, engineering, drivability, and overall quality. That three-pointed star still carries a lot of cultural weight and certain expectations; the car itself has the substance to fully back it up.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd TouchShift w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
17.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
88 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.5 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
56.8 "
Front Headroom
40.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.1 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,472 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 18.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Mb-tex Leatherette / Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Comand Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Comand Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
5 / 13 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Distronic Plus With Steering Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Presafe Brake Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parktronic W/active Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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