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Original MSRP: $31,600 - $36,900
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2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class was new.

The 2008 Mercedes C-Class' interior ranks well for its upscale materials and appearance, and it earns extra points for its COMAND system, which reviewers say is easier to use than similar systems from Audi and BMW. Still, enough reviewers say competitors offer nicer all-around interiors, keeping the C-Class out of the top spot.

  • "I was fairly unexcited about the C-class interior until I saw it in person; the grade of materials is richer and more appealing than it looks in photos. This is an organized, serious interior with lots of evident deliberation behind it." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The interior has received a makeover as well, with the tightly-screwed-together feel expected of the marque. But the very-German, all-black center stack lacks the flair of cars such as the Lexus IS." -- Road and Track
  • "The Mercedes-Benz is all business, with its black, tone-on-tone interior treatment enlivened by chrome and aluminum details. The silver instrument panel surround is specific to the Sport, as is the black bird's eye maple trim. It's a luxurious look." -- Edmunds
  • "Because of its relatively low price, Mercedes' engineers haven't been able to pack the C-Class with a lot of confusing-to-operate 'features' of dubious value such as some you'll find in high-end Mercedes (and BMWs and Audis)." -- Newsday
  • "The door panels have more brightwork, and it is tasty." -- New Car Test Drive

Seating

Despite having the seating capacity for five, most reviews say only four adults will be comfortable. Most also say that the two rear passengers won't have a fun ride unless the front passengers are generous about sharing legroom. Front seat passengers will find the accommodations comfortable, if a bit stiff.

  • "The driver and front passenger sit in seats that are large and supportive enough for long-distance touring." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The C350's standard eight-way power seats feel ultrafirm at first, but we found them very supportive for a long-haul drive." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are wide and somewhat flat, which is fine for the Luxury model but definitely lacking in the support that would be appropriate for the Sport." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Some reviewers have complained that the seats are too hard, and, indeed, they are firm, but I found them comfortable." -- Newsday
  • "Mercedes says C300 seats five adults -- perhaps, if the one in the middle in back is the Invisible Man." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Two rear-seat passengers will find the space tolerable but not generous." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "I found the back seat a bit cramped and lacking in thigh support." -- About.com
  • "Legroom was a little tight for my statuesque 5-foot-4 frame, but with a little grace from the front-seat passengers, I think even my nearly-6-foot-tall teenager would be content." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

Most reviews list the interior features of the 2008 Mercedes Benz C-Class as a high point. The materials are top-notch and the COMAND system, which controls comfort and entertainment functions, is easier to use than competitors' systems.

  • "Multiple changes for the better inside include standard eight-way-adjustable seats, improved gauge work, and a Comand interface that folds neatly into the top of the dash when not in use, controlled by Benz's spinning knob on the center tunnel." -- Motor Trend
  • "Unlike the BMW iDrive that puzzles PhDs, the only skill needed to master Comand control is the ability to turn a dial left or right." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The attention to detail is typically German: Standard is a 'sun sensor, which provides improved interior temperature control by detecting intensity and direction of the sun.'" -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The optional panoramic glass sunroof opens the C-Class interior, making it feel larger and more airy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The C350 model also includes, as standard, Sirius satellite radio, heated seats, auto-dimming and folding outside mirrors, garage door opener and rain-sensing windshield wipers." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cargo

Few things stand out about the 2008 Mercedes C-Class's trunk and other storage spaces, which is about average for the class. Most reviews don't mention available storage in the sport sedan. The C Class has 12.4 cubic feet of storage space in the truck, which is about average for the class.

  • "The trunk is spacious. Press the key fob and the lid pops wide open for easy loading/unloading. A pull of handles in the trunk lets rear seat backs fold for more cargo room. But unless arms are mop-handle long -- or you keep a mop handle in the trunk -- you have to walk around, reach in the rear door and pull the backs down." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The trunk is big but a little shallow, though the same has been said about me." -- Orlando Sentinel
Review Last Updated: 8/28/08

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