Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. E-Class

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, Automotive Editor - April 23, 2024
2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz may be focusing on increasing the number of electric vehicles and SUVs it sells, but the automaker continues to have a few sedans in its lineup. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was last updated in 2023, while the E-Class was fully redesigned for 2024. While the two sedans are different in size, shoppers may have a hard time choosing between the two.

In this comparison, we’ll look into how the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class compare against one another when it comes to price, performance, size, safety features, and technology to name the best option for most shoppers.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class Price

2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class prices start at $48,100, while the most expensive Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the Pinnacle trim which costs $52,200. The cheapest Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the E350 Premium which costs $63,350 and the most expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the E450 Pinnacle that’s priced at $73,540.

There’s a price difference of $15,250 when you compare entry-level trims to one another and a price difference of $21,340 when you compare range-topping trims. In both instances, the C-Class is the more affordable option.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class Performance & Engine Options

2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine

Power for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a mild-hybrid system that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

The AMG C43 trim comes with a tuned version of the engine that produces 402 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. For even more performance, there’s the AMG C 63 S E Performance which has a plug-in hybrid engine with a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It makes 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque. The AMG C 63 S E Performance can get to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has the same base engine as the C-Class. It even has the same output of 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The E-Class is available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 375 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz is expected to introduce AMG versions of the E-Class shortly.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class Size

2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is classified as a compact car and has a 112.8-inch wheelbase. The midsize E-Class has a 116.6-inch wheelbase. The C-Class is 187 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 56.6 inches wide.

The midsize E-Class is slightly larger, as it’s 194.9 inches long, 73.7 inches wide, and 57.9 inches tall. On the road, the E-Class sedan’s extra size may make it slightly more difficult to park and drive.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz offers both the C-Class and E-Class with cutting-edge safety features. Both sedans share a lot of the same safety features, but the E-Class goes above and beyond with some extra standard equipment.

Unlike the C-Class, the E-Class comes standard with Car-to-X communication, a Guard 360 security system, and a surround-view system. When it comes to optional safety features, both sedans come with similar features.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class Interiors & Technology

2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Dashboard

Surprisingly, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class have different interior designs. The C-Class features circular air vents, a tiered dashboard, a central touchscreen that looks similar to an iPad that’s slightly tilted toward the driver, and a digital instrument cluster that’s positioned in front of the dash.

The E-Class’ interior design has a more high-tech look with a sweeping dashboard that has a central touchscreen that’s integrated into the dash, sweeping air vents that follow the curvature of the dash, minimal physical controls, and an instrument cluster that’s positioned in front of the dash.

Standard tech features with the C-Class include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 11.9-inch touchscreen, biometric authentication, natural language commands, over-the-air software updates, wireless smartphone connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, and Bluetooth.

The E-Class comes with similar tech features as the C-Class, but steps things up with a 14.4-inch touchscreen, a driver camera, navigation, and augmented reality for the navigation system. Unlike the C-Class, the E-Class is available with a 12.3-inch front passenger display, a 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster, a selfie and video camera, and a Burmester 4D surround sound system.

Mercedes Benz C-Class vs. E-Class: Which is Better?

There’s no denying that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has taken a tremendous leap toward catching up with the top-of-the-line S-Class, but it doesn’t win this comparison. It relies too much on tech that could use some extra time being engineered, doesn’t have the same extensive lineup as the C-Class (at least not at the moment), and it leans too heavily toward comfort. Additionally, the E-Class costs a lot more than the C-Class.

The C-Class may not have the same cutting-edge tech features as the E-Class, but it feels like a true luxury vehicle, has a lineup of powerful engines, comes with high-tech features that are easier to use, and balances athleticism with comfort.

Side-by-side comparison of features, pricing, photos and more!

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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