The luxury-car realm has grown and shifted over the years, pushing onetime entry-level models like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class further up the food chain. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is sharper, more luxurious, and higher-performing than ever before, but is it the right vehicle for you? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in a pair of body styles — sedan and coupe — and has four trims within each: C 300, AMG C 43, AMG C 63, and AMG C 63 S. While the AMG models are great for performance enthusiasts, the C 300 Sedan is your best buy.

The 2019 C 300 Sedan’s standard features include leatherette upholstery, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a seven-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a sunroof, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, USB ports, and more. There are tons of packages available for the 2019 C 300 Sedan, but we suggest just one: the Premium Package.

  • Model: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 255 hp / 273 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG:23 City / 34 Hwy
  • Options: Premium Package ($1,600, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, hands-free access, SiriusXM)
  • Base Price:$42,395 (including the $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$43,995

Performance

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

No matter which 2019 C-Class you choose, there's plenty of performance to please virtually anyone. Even the base C 300, which received a 14-horsepower power increase to 255 hp this year, delivers exhilarating performance with a 5.7-second zero-to-60 mph sprint. Those looking for even more power will find the AMG C 43 and C 63 models are more than enough with 385 to 503 hp.

Despite Mercedes tuning the C-Class for comfort, its chassis still pulls off impressive handling in its base C 300 trim. Moving into the AMG models cranks the dial to “11.”

There's little the 2019 C-Class does poorly, but its lack of a manual transmission option spoils some fun.

Style

In every body style, the 2019 C-Class looks the part of a luxury car thanks to its S-Class-inspired design. Opting for the AMG models or adding the AMG Line sports up the lower-tier C-Class without the big AMG price tag.

Inside, things gets even better as the C-Class draws its upscale look directly from the S-Class with its waterfall-style center stack, open-pore wood options, optional 10.3-inch infotainment display, and an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Sure, many of these options cost big money, but they're stunning.

While it’s hard to fault the C-Class for anything, the sedan’s rear seat is cramped at 35.2 inches of rear leg room, and its trunk is tight at just 12.6 cubic feet. The C-Class Coupe is even worse with just 32 inches of rear leg room and 10.5 cubes of luggage space.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a top-notch performer in every body style and trim level, and its AMG models please performance snobs.

If you love family road trips, the tight rear seat and miniscule trunk won’t work for you.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class is perfect for a young executive looking to test the luxury car waters. It’s best for those with young kids or no kids at all.

The interior and trunk are too tight for buyers with older children or who often take long road trips with several suitcases in tow.

The Bottom Line

There are no mistakes about it: the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a great luxury car. It offers the look and feel of the pricey S-Class while boasting a price more consumers can manage. That said, those with growing families may quickly outgrow the C-Class, especially the coupe version.