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MSRP: $35,800 - $62,750
Invoice: $33,294 - $58,358
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an attractive cabin that’s built with premium materials. However, the C-Class loses points with critics for its meager trunk space and limited back-seat space, especially in coupe models.

  • "Just tugging on the C-Class's door handle makes you feel as if you've cracked open an impenetrable vault. This model's interior is well crafted, and boasts precise switchgear and an eye-pleasing design." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is elegant yet relatively understated inside." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "C-Class interiors are tastefully finished with the padded surfaces and upscale trim that is expected at this price level. The brushed aluminum trim in Sport models looks great, and the available Burl Walnut trim adds some warmth." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Most surfaces are soft-touch, but the overall effect is sober high quality rather than sybaritic luxury." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

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Seating

The C-Class sedan seats five and the coupe seats four. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, and leather and heated front seats are optional. Sport bucket seats are standard on the C63 AMG. Reviewers say that the front seats are supportive and comfortable, and that outward visibility is good from the driver’s seat. However, some reviewers say that the C-Class sedan could use more back-seat passenger space, and most test drivers agree that the coupe's back seats are too cramped for comfort.

  • "Even when outfitted with the base M-B Tex vinyl upholstery, the C-Class seats are comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat space is a bit tight in the 5-passenger sedan, and even more cramped in the coupe, which seats four and has a lower roofline that can bump against heads." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As for the coupe, it shouldn't come as a surprise that its backseat is quite cramped. Legroom is about par for the segment (squished), while headroom is nonexistent for those taller than about 5-foot-8. In total, the C-Class coupe is no worse than an A5 and better than a Cadillac CTS coupe." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering wheel tilts and is telescopic, and even taller occupants should have enough headroom and legroom. Thin roof pillars help overall visibility." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Where the sedan has a five-place interior that can accommodate at least two rear-seat riders in comfort, the coupe is strictly a 2+2. Those second two actually have decent legroom, but foot room is tight and so is headroom, despite a strategically scooped out section in the ceiling." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 sedan comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, HD Radio and Bluetooth. Features available as options or on upper trims include navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo system, satellite radio and a backup camera. Mercedes' Attention Assist system is standard, which monitors driver behavior and alerts the driver if it thinks he or she is drowsy. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and Mercedes' Pre-Safe system, which tightens the seatbelts, adjusts the headrests and can close the windows and sunroof when an accident is imminent.

Some reviewers remark that COMAND is easier to use than many other luxury automakers' infotainment systems, and that the iPod interface is straightforward and quick to respond to user inputs. However, others write that adjusting audio settings with COMAND’s control knob can be difficult at times.

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  • "The controls are straightforward, and Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface is our favorite from a luxury automaker, as it's the easiest to use. The iPod interface is particularly user-friendly and quick to respond." -- Edmunds
  • "Regrettably, the audio controls are more complicated. Most basic functions are governed with a convenient knob and buttons, but other operations are accessed through a console-mounted 'joyknob' and dash-mounted screen, which also control the available navigation system." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The C-Class sedan offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the coupe offers 11.7 cubic feet. Some reviewers say that the C-Class' small trunk may limit the car's appeal to growing families, while others note that the trunk isn't very wide but is fairly deep. Still, the C-Class' trunk is comparable in size to that of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS.

  • "Though the sedan is bigger than previous editions of the C-Class, it's hardly the best choice for growing families. Some might find a child seat difficult to install in the narrow, bucketlike rear seat positions, and the 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is narrow, but the cargo area itself is deep and nicely trimmed. Covered hinges help too." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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