Mercedes-Benz
C-Class
2018
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Surya Solanki
Automotive Editor - September 13, 2017

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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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