The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has once again inched further away from its entry-level luxury roots. While still compact, it's slightly larger this year and hands-down more luxurious and impressive to behold. It shouldn't surprise anyone if the new C-Class starts attracting buyers who are accustomed to driving larger luxury sedans.
What's New for 2015
The C-Class sedan is all-new this year.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz C400
As the senior C-Class sedan, the C400 carries an all-new turbocharged 3-liter V6 boasting 329 horsepower and fuel-saving stop-start technology. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a seven-speed automatic transmission. Despite an overall increase in size, the sedan has shed 200 pounds thanks to a body that's 50 percent aluminum. The standard sport-tuned suspension system maximizes the C400's grip, and you can now order a self-leveling air suspension for optimal ride comfort. Styling elements inside and out are provided by AMG, the company's in-house performance shop. Rounding out the important changes is a standard collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
The C400 starts out with 18-inch AMG wheels (19s available), LED headlamps, Bluetooth phone and audio, power leatherette seats with front heat and driver memory, an in-car WiFi hotspot and a 13-speaker Burmester audio system with satellite radio.
The Interior package adds leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and ambient cabin lighting. There's a Multimedia package with navigation and a rearview camera. The Driver Assistance package comes with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist. With the Lighting package, you get active full LED headlamps with curve illumination and automatic high-beam control, plus LED taillamps.
Individual options are numerous and include a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, a cabin fragrance system and a power-closing trunk. Some of the contents of the the option packages are available separately if you don't want to spring for the whole bundle.
The new C400 is altogether more substantial and sophisticated than its predecessor, which means it also costs more. Buyers trading in their old C-Class might experience a case of sticker shock, but you must keep in mind how much more car you're getting in return.