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in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $21,809 - $24,825
Original MSRP: $33,990 - $39,990
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

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The 2011 Mercedes C-Class' interior wins a lot of reviewer praise for its well-made, luxurious cabin. Reviewers often single out its COMAND system, which allows the driver to control all of the car's electronics through a single interface. The car doesn't challenge for the top spot in our interior rankings, though, because a few of its Japanese rivals are more comfort-oriented.

  • "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
  • "Nicely padded surfaces and upscale trim are appropriate for the price level. It's disappointing that leather upholstery is optional, even on the most-expensive C63 model." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The C-Class's interior is beautifully crafted, though its austere ambience and angular design may convey a less luxurious feel to some." -- Edmunds
  • "However, interior plastics look too cheap for the car's entry-level-luxury status." -- Motor Trend

Seating

Mercedes calls the 2011 C-Class a five-seater, but they aren't fooling anyone. Front-seat passengers will have plenty of space and comfortable seats. Rear-seat passengers aren't treated quite as well. For a more comfortable rear seat in the upscale midsize car class, check out the Hyundai Genesis.

  • "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
  • "Seats are supportive and comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though the current-generation C-Class is bigger than previous editions, it's hardly the best choice for growing families. Some might find a child seat difficult to install in the narrow, bucketlike backseat positions, and the 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviews say the interior features of the C-Class are a high point and build quality is excellent. Most reviewers, though, focus on the COMAND system, which controls comfort and entertainment functions. Many luxury carmakers seem to feel the need to build one of these single-control systems, but writers consistently agree that Mercedes' version makes more sense than similar efforts from BMW and Audi.

  • "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 navigation system itself is difficult to use, with many controls buried in a series of menus and sub menus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls are straightforward for this class of car, and Mercedes' optional COMAND electronics interface is fairly easy to use. The iPod interface is particularly user-friendly." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Cargo

Like many German sport sedans, the 2011 C-Class is not known for its spacious trunk. Its 12.4 cubic feet of storage space is about average for the class, and reviewers have little to say about interior storage cubbies, of which there are few.

  • "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 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior storage consists of a skimpy center console, tiny door pockets, two open console cupholders, and a decent-sized glovebox." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is big but a little shallow, though the same has been said about me." -- Orlando Sentinel

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