You pretty much know what to expect from luxury car manufacturers mercedes-benz, for example the cars are posh luxurious but not intensely emotional is a refreshing when carmaker surprise you. This sexy beast is the mercedes-benz c-class. That occupied the entry level spot in the Mercedes line up. With that honor now falls to the CLA thus freeing the c-class to move slightly up market a move that bolsters its position against compact luxury rivals like the BMW 3-series audi a4 and lexus is in.
Latest forum the c-class has grown by 3.7 inches in length and 1.6 inches in width at the same time it's about 200 pounds lighter than the previous version. To all the aluminum producers watching thanks less weight means better performance and a notable improvement in fuel economy and it be natural to focus on that stuff.
Let's just stare at the exterior mercedes is typically skewed upscale but reserved the newest c-class retains a luxurious persona but Mary's it with athleticism and artful design. It's long nose short rear and taught body lines combined in a harmonious whole.
That looks elegant yet strong in simplest terms the c-class has presence. It's a Mercedes that's a motive not uptight if the exterior is the bait, the interior is the hook absolutely gorgeous in here going to take all of this and transplanted to a more expensive luxury car.
Nobody would cry foul in many ways it's the tactical details that set the c-class apart the materials and buttons feel expensive. The window switches move with a light but precise action events make a subtle satisfying click when centered encasing this touch worthy goodness and such an attractive design.
Unsurprisingly results in a stunning interior before we get to breathless with our praise. There is an issue of usability while beautifully arranged actually using these controls can be a little bit tricky for example there's no dedicated button for skipping to the next track. If you want to do that you have to use either this rotary knob or this touchpad but you can't do that right now first you have to go with the button rotate over to media select that and now you can either slide or rotate also.
Figuring out whether or not you have to use the touchpad or the rotary knob for a variety of functions not obvious before you say well just use the buttons on the steering wheel. Same deal if you want to go forward on the track you have to what do you have to do down the media a now we're on the trolley in an era of increasingly intuitive technology the c-class has a learning curve.
Ok did discover that if you push this button right here on the backside of the trackpad and pops this up right here allowing you to swipe forward or back on the tracks. It's not perfect but it is something despite the c-class is generational size increase rear seat Headroom is Type four taller passengers while a pronounced center tunnel makes three wide seating a questionable proposition as for trunk space.
There's a reasonable 12.8 cubic feet to play with oh and an amazing optional expanding box for i'm assuming loose tangerines and stuffed animals. All that said if you're sitting up front more than generous dimensions and a satisfying drive should help you forget you're less than blissful rear passengers.
Mercedes-benz c-class has never been a prime choice for crisp driving dynamics but in this latest iteration it is kind of pinching in that direction. It's nimble sure-footed and you can flick it into corners and a lot of fun that said you do get the sense that the steering wheel isn't giving you all the information about what the front tires are up to keep in mind.
Some people don't want to know the gritty details of the road they're driving over building on the idea of strategically withholding information. Mercedes-benz c-class isolates its occupants from tedious wind and road noise even freeway speeds the cabin remains wonderfully serene.
Tosin strong acceleration and a chassis that absorbs road imperfections with relative ease. We have a luxury car that's an absolute pleasure to drive in either rear or two thousand dollar price you're all wheel drive form the c300 features an eager.
Turbocharged four-cylinder engine at tops 30 miles per gallon on the freeway making the equivalent BMW 3-series a more efficient choice compulsion to see 400 comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated v6 paired with all-wheel drive. While gear changes in either trim or handled by a seven-speed automatic transmission a basic rear-drive mercedes-benz c300 starts under forty thousand dollars includes dual-zone climate control keyless engine starts, mb-tex faux leather upholstery a power memory driver seat seven airbags. And collision prevention assist plus a radar-based system that can automatically apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision.
Fancier tastes can be appeased by way of the option sheet is 650 dollar luxury package adds a comfort to suspension along with classy aesthetic touches. Including a classic raised star logo on the hood on the opposite end of the spectrum a 2200 our sport package adds sporty details throughout while dropping the car . six inches on a performance tuned suspension other standout add-ons. Including multimedia package with backup camera navigation and 8.4 inch infotainment screen that replaces the standard 7 inch unit
And air suspension with comfort and sport modes a premium package with burr mr. audio and various electronic assists for inattentive drivers like traffic jam assistant which automatically follows the car ahead and stop and go traffic and more powerful.
C400 checks in at a little less than fifty thousand dollars though that some, does include many of the c300 optional features where the competition is concerned you've got more exhilarating more attainable more American. And perhaps more responsible choices but the mercedes-benz c-class no higher on the pricing spectrum sit an intriguing intersection between quality comfort & performance.
Luxury buyers have strong opinions about their cars your BMW person lexus person. Whatever it is doubtful that's going to change anytime soon but if there were ever an argument convince compact luxury buyers to jump ship and join Mercedes this might be it.
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