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2007 Mercedes-Benz C Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C Class was new.

Reviewers generally see the five-seat interior of the 2007 Mercedes C-Class as comfortable and well-engineered but somewhat plain, dated, and not truly suited for five.  "The Mercedes C-Class seats four adults (or two adults and three kids) in reasonable comfort, though backseat legroom will be at a premium for longer-legged riders," says Forbes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds the cabin "lacks the elegance of some peers. The dash has a dated, utilitarian look that seems out of place in this class of car. The metal-ringed gauges look modern at least, and most materials are quite nice, but there are a few cheap plastics here and there, including those used for the adjustable vents on the dash."

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Seating

With 85.5 cubic feet of cabin capacity, the C-Class has seating for five, and MSN notes, "The quiet interior provided decent room for four 6-footers."  Newsday finds that the C-Class holds its own against competing models, which include "the Cadillac CTS, Acura TL, Audi A4 (with all wheel drive) and Lexus ES 330 and BMW 330 xi (also all wheel)."

The front seats please the majority of reviewers, with Edmunds noting they're "well shaped" and BusinessWeek commenting there's "sufficient head-, shoulder- and leg-room for most people."  Consumer Guide notes "Outstanding seat comfort," but points out "The very tall might want more head room."

On balance, however, test drivers were not pleased by the space afforded by the rear seats.  Newsday, in speaking of the C-Class interior, notes that it "does come up short in one category that might be important to you: rear seat legroom.  Each of [the major] competitors offers more."   Edmunds finds the back seat "cramped for adults, with less leg room than the 3-Series or A4 or G35."  Consumer Guide says the rear seats are "Firm, nicely contoured" and notes "Good toe space," but finds "leg room tight with front seats far back" and "Head room a squeeze for six-footers."  MSN also finds the "high, hard center rear seat section was uncomfortable for a third occupant."

On the plus side, our own U.S. News' Rick Newman says the back seat is kid friendly, "with just enough space for young 'uns (but not so much for adults). A fold-down center armrest has two well-placed cup holders, and the smallish headroom means the overhead reading light is accessible to little arms."

Interior Features

The base C230 and C350 Sports models include a black leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls, power windows, a four-way tilt/telescoping manually adjustable steering column, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, 10-way adjustable sport front seats with power height and recline, black Birdseye Maple wood trim, an AM/FM radio with in-dash single CD player with MP3 capability, and six speakers.

The C280 and C350 Luxury models add a four-way tilt/telescoping power steering column, digital dual-zone automatic climate control, an electrostatic dust and pollen filter, 10-way power front seats with three-position memory, MB-Tex upholstery with leather front seating inserts, hand-polished Laurel wood trim, and a fiber-optic network for precise, high-speed communication among components.

Additional Features

Kelley Blue Book likes the C-Class's optional panoramic glass sunroof, which "covers the entire interior and includes an electric sunshade for both the front and rear panels."  The sunroof is available with the Sunroof Package, which also includes a rain sensor, power rear-window sunshade, and garage door opener.

Cargo

The 2007 Mercedes C-Class provides 12.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "about average for this class of car,".  MSN finds the trunk "large and usefully shaped, with a low, fairly wide opening", while Consumer Guide adds that the trunk isn't "expansive," but is still "usable."  For more versatility, 60/40-split-folding seatbacks are available as an option on any C-Class sedan.

Consumer Guide finds in-cabin storage "lacking, especially with [the] optional, glovebox-mounted CD changer."  But without the CD changer, MSN found the glove compartment "roomy, and the console's covered bin was pretty deep. But the plastic cup holders in the fold-down rear armrest were narrow and felt cheap."

Review Last Updated: 2/4/09

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