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MSRP: $38,400 - $63,000
Invoice: $35,712 - $58,590
MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranks 2 out of 12 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as well as reliability and safety data.

With an elegant interior and a composed ride, critics agree that the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan stacks up quite well against the competition.

Test drivers write that the responsive turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the redesigned 2015 C300 sedan provides plenty of power. Reviewers note that the twin-turbocharged V6 in the C400 sedan is noticeably more potent, but they write that the C300 should have more than enough power for the majority of drivers. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and several critics complain that it shifts too slowly. According to the EPA, the all-wheel drive 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic gets 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is better than what most comparably equipped rivals get. Though some reviewers note that its steering lacks feedback and its cornering isn’t as sharp as that of some sport sedans, most report that the C-Class has composed handling and a comfortable ride. 

Because the C-Class has good safety and reliability ratings, as well as plenty of family-friendly features and space, it's our 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for Families. 

Automotive journalists say the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with opulent materials, excellent build quality and a gorgeous design. Most critics think the front seats of the C-Class are spacious and comfortable and say the rear seat offers adequate legroom. However, the C-Class sedan’s trunk is a bit small for the class, and reviewers complain that the new touchpad for its infotainment system is complicated to use. Standard features in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan include Bluetooth, two USB ports, push-button start, driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, satellite radio, a Burmester audio system, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hot spot (requires subscription to Mercedes’ mbrace telematics service), pedestrian and cross traffic detection, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and a hands-free power trunk lid.

  • "The 2015 C-Class has the right stuff in the right places. Class, meet your new leader." -- Motor Trend
  • "The appeal of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes from the way it balances all we want from a luxury sedan. It's a stylish, comfortable, gadget-laden conveyance that also drives extremely well." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "This is as close as Mercedes-Benz has come to delivering a downsized version of its S-Class flagship. The new C-Class is far more refined, comfortable and elegant-looking than its predecessors and gives up little to its competition when it comes to performance and features." -- Edmunds
  • "It looks fantastic and has improved in every single noteworthy aspect over the previous generation, finally capturing its own character as a standout product. Unless you're an enthusiast specifically looking to taste a bit of the famous BMW driving experience, there's nothing the 2015 C-Class fails to deliver." -- MSN Autos

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers praise the Audi A4 for its beautiful interior, peppy engine and high fuel economy. The base A4 is less expensive than the C-Class, and it comes standard with some features that are optional in the C-Class, including leather upholstery and a sunroof.

Auto writers say the BMW 328i’s sporty handling and lively turbocharged four-cylinder engine make it one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. They also praise its quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and easy-to-use iDrive infotainment system.

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Details: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available as a five-seat sedan or four-seat coupe. The sedan has been completely redesigned and comes in C300, C400 and C63 AMG trims. The coupe carries over mostly unchanged from 2014 and is available in C250, C350 and C63 AMG trims. The base C300 sedan comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (4Matic) is available on both sedan and coupe models.

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Review Last Updated: 3/19/15

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