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2020 Base C 300 Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $41,400
2020 Base C 300 All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $43,400
2020 Base C 300 Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $45,950
2020 Base C 300 All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $47,950
2020 C 300 Base Rear-wheel Drive Cabriolet Price:   -  From $53,950
2020 AMG C 43 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $55,950
2020 C 300 Base All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Cabriolet Price:   -  From $55,950
2020 AMG C 43 Base 2dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $58,500
2020 AMG C 43 Base 2dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Cabriolet Price:   -  From $64,750
2020 AMG C 63 Base 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $68,100
2020 AMG C 63 Base 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $69,900
2020 AMG C 63 S Base 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $75,700
2020 AMG C 63 Base 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $77,300
2020 AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $77,500
2020 AMG C 63 S 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $84,900
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3.5 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a Mercedes in every sense of the word: comfortable, attractive, and luxurious. Yet, even the recent face-lift can't hide the fact that this stalwart is aging, what with its last full redesign being nigh on five years ago.

However, word on the street is that Mercedes-Benz is planning to unveil a new C-Class next fall. With this new model just around the corner, no notable changes have been made for the 2020 model year.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in three trims: C 300, AMG C 43, and AMG C 63. The last trim is also available in AMG C 63 S guise, which brings a more powerful engine. Pricing starts at $42,395 including destination for the C 300 and climbs to $69,095 for the AMG C 63.

All trims are also available as a two-door coupe or a cabriolet with a soft top.

Engine Choices

Most buyers will putter away from the dealer in the volume C 300. This flavor of C-Class is powered by a very sensible 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The AMG C 43 comes with a 3.0-liter turbo V6, while the AMG C 63 gets a handcrafted 4.0-liter turbo V8; the S version gets the same with more power.

Engine TypeTrimHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderC 300255 hp273 lb-ft28 mpg
3.0L Turbo V6AMG C 43385 hp384 lb-ft22 mpg
4.0L Turbo V8AMG C 63469 hp479 lb-ft21 mpg
4.0L Turbo V8AMG C 63 S503 hp516 lb-ft21 mpg

A nine-speed automatic transmission takes care of changing gears on all engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all models except the AMG C 43, which is an all-wheel-drive only kind of beast. The only other model available with all-wheel drive is the C 300, where it costs $2,000 more.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

C-Class sedans are five-seaters, but don't expect to fit more than four people into either the coupe or cabriolet. Of the three, it's a given that the sedan is the roomiest. Its rear legroom is right on par with the BMW 3-Series and just a touch less than the Audi A4. As for the two-door models, their 32 inches of rear legroom means the back seat is best reserved for small children or purse dogs.

It's a similar story regarding trunk space: the four-door carries the most cargo of the three at 12.6 cubic feet, which is competitive with the 13 cubes found in the A4 but merely mediocre when compared to the cavernous 17 cubes offered by the 3-Series. Coupes offer 10 cubic feet of cargo space, while convertibles make do with 8.8 when the top is up and even less with the top stowed.

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Safety Features

Like any good luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class demands you pay extra for most driver-assist features. The only standard safety equipment is automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a driver attention monitor.

A feature that Mercedes calls Pre-Safe is also standard; if the car deems an accident is imminent, it tightens the seat belts, raises the windows, and adjusts the passenger seat in anticipation of the collision.

More life-saving stuff is available in the $1,700 Driver Assistance Package. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, lane keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. A surround-view camera and active parking assist are also available in the $1,150 Parking Assistance Package.

Connectivity

A 10.25-inch center display screen is standard on all C-Class models. Rather than a touchscreen, this system is controlled via a knob located centrally on the console or a small touch pad found nestled among the steering wheel controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. There's also Bluetooth functionality and two USB ports.

If you need more tech, upgrading to the $1,250 Multimedia Package is a must. Its headlining feature is the 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, but it further includes navigation, enhanced voice control, car-to-X communication, and three years of live traffic updates by TomTom. There's also an enhanced touchpad controller setup for controlling the infotainment; it augments the standard console rotary dial with a large touchpad that responds to the usual touchscreen motions like pinching and swiping.

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C 300 - From $42,395

Standard features on the base C 300 include power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry, and a power trunk. Further adding to the luxury flair is real wood trim, 18-inch wheels, and a sunroof.

Numerous upgrade packages are available, ranging from the technology-laden bundles discussed above to offerings like the $2,000 AMG Line Package that dresses up an entry-level C-Class to look the part of a performance model.

There's also the Premium Package and Exterior Lighting Package. The former costs $1,500 and includes a Burmester audio system, 64-color ambient lighting, and SiriusXM radio; the latter is $900 and brings LED lights and adaptive high beams.

AMG C 43 - From $56,945

The upcharge over the C 300 is almost entirely attributable to the AMG C 43's more muscular engine, though Mercedes is kind enough to also endow the car with more aggressive exterior styling, 19-inch wheels, a suede interior with red seat belts, ambient lighting, and the Burmester audio system.

Notable standalone options include the $1,250 AMG Performance exhaust and $2,500 AMG Performance seats with more aggressive bolstering.

AMG C 63 - From $69,095

The AMG C 63 looks nearly as benign as a 255-horsepower C 300, so few onlookers would guess that there's twice as many ponies under the hood. As with the AMG C 43, the upcharge here isn't so much for features as it is for the motor. Genuine Nappa leather is the only major amenity that's standard here but not elsewhere.

The S variant with the 503-hp V8 is also available for $76,695.

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Anyone without a thirst for speed will be more than happy with a C 300. Equip one with the Driver Assistance and Multimedia Packages and you have a high-tech, feature-laden 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Fun to look at
  • Fun to drive
  • Great engines
  • Endlessly customizable
Cons
  • No manual transmission
  • No wagon
  • Mediocre cargo space
  • Not so fun on your wallet
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Fashionable to fearsome. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in a variety of forms, but all of them are pretty. Though most buyers will opt for a sedan, the coupe and convertible are just as alluring.

The C-Class sits below the businesslike Mercedes E-Class and opulent Mercedes S-Class, but the latest generation has established an identity all its own. The design marries classic Benz lines with a prominent modern grille, and it’s lovely from every angle.

There’s grunt underneath the finery, with the AMG C 43, AMG C 63, and AMG C 63 S trims hiding powerful engines. AMG models get wider intakes and aerodynamic accents that lend some aggression to the curves. Every model looks just as good inside, with a nicely integrated central touchscreen and glossy wood trim.

The biggest shame about the C-Class is that one of our favorite body styles – the wagon – won’t be making it to North American shores.

Quick in every form. Even in non-AMG form, the C-Class is far from slow. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sends the C 300 from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, which just about equals its eternal rival, the BMW 330i. The C 300 even manages a respectable EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon combined, though it can’t quite match the 3-Series' 30 mpg combined.

The MW has historically had the edge in the corners, but the latest C-Class gives it a run for its money. The optional air suspension of the past is sadly no longer available, but the C-Class is blessed with agile handling and a responsive suspension.

If you do explore the upper trims, you’ll be rewarded by some of the brand’s best powertrains. The AMG C 63 S breaks the 500-hp mark for a healthy dose of insanity, flying from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Our biggest complaint is the lack of a manual transmission. The stock nine-speed automatic is willing and quick, so we’re not too broken up.

Proper luxury. The C-Class sits in the shadow of its larger siblings, but it’s no longer the bottom of the Mercedes range. That role is occupied by the Mercedes A-Class and Mercedes CLA-Class, which now offer a more affordable entry point into the brand.

That means that the C-Class is positioned as more of a luxury vehicle, and it gets standard features to match. A power moonroof, seat memory settings, and a strong suite of safety tech all come standard. The seats themselves are supportive and draped in convincing synthetic leather, though buyers can, of course, add real hides for a price.

The options list is long and comprehensive, offering plenty of flexibility for different buyers. We don’t see much need to go too far beyond what’s included, although most buyers will want some basic upgrades like heated seats.

The 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen looks nice on the dash, but Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system has yet to make its way into the C-Class. This means the car is stuck with software that feels slightly outdated, though it’s far from the worst we’ve used.


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Cost per square foot. Especially if you dip into the options list, the C-Class gets expensive in a hurry. With all-wheel drive and a few packages, even a C 300 will easily push past $50,000.

That price is made harder to swallow by underwhelming interior space. The front row is comfortable enough, but the 3-Series has more head room in both rows. The second row in both the convertible and the coupe is uncomfortable for anyone besides children.

The story is even worse in the trunk, where the C-Class has only 12.6 cubic feet of space. That pales in comparison to the 3-Series' 17 cubes. The coupe has even less space at 10 cubic feet, and the convertible is worst of all at 8.8 – and that’s with the top up.

The BMW also benefits from the hatchback-esque Gran Turismo, which adds still more practicality. Once again, Mercedes: where’s the wagon?

Final thoughts. The 2020 Mercedes C-Class gives buyers fewer reasons than ever to look elsewhere. Trunk space is disappointing, but the model’s classic looks and engaging drive make it hard to hold a grudge.

The price of entry remains discouraging, but buyers have the option of stepping down to the A-Class for more affordability. A bigger issue is the BMW 3-Series, which could trade blows with the C-Class until the cows come home.

This rivalry continues to define the kingdom of sport sedans, but when the results are this good, we can’t say we’re mad about it.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 35 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 35 / 29 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
Exterior Length
184.5 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
57.0 "
Front Headroom
37.1 "
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
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 18.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver W/painted Accents 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 / Chrome
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
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / 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 Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
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
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
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
Active Brake Assist With Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Distronic W/active Steering Assist & Active Lane Change Assist Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Active Brake Assist Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Highbeam Assist (aha) 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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