Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior
The redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a gorgeous cabin and first-rate materials that put rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series to shame, reviewers say. Most also think rear-seat head- and legroom are adequate for the class. However, many auto writers complain that the C-Class’ COMAND infotainment system can be difficult to use.
- "We'll let the photos do the talking here, but when you sit in the new C, whether up front or in back, you're sitting in the nicest cabin in this class. The still-pretty A4 has nothing on this; the 3 Series's best materials can't compare to the worst in this car. Wow." -- Road and Track
- "What immediately stands out when you're behind the wheel of the 2015 C-Class is the interior. For cabins at this price point, it is revolutionary." -- Motor Trend
- "Open the driver's door and the break with tradition becomes even more obvious: in front of you is a modern and tasteful interior, perfectly functional and expertly put together." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Real wood and metal adorn a cabin that sports first-rate materials from the dashboard to the doors. Anywhere your arms, elbows or knees touch has padding, with available stitched MB-Tex vinyl on areas of the dash and upper doors. Consistent, low-gloss materials are virtually everywhere - a level of quality you don't often find in this class." -- Cars.com
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan seats five, while the C-Class coupe seats four. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with driver position memory and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, sport seats and a power rear window sunshade. Reviewers write that the C-Class sedan offers a comfortable, supportive driving position no matter how tall or short you are. However, most critics say rear-seat head- and legroom isn’t much better than that of competitors like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series.
- "… drivers ranging in size from a Lilliputian five-foot jockey to a sasquatch-like six-plus-footer managed to find comfortable driving positions in the 2015 model." -- Car and Driver
- "With a wheelbase of 112 inches, the new C-Class has a couple of extra inches between its wheels compared to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. It doesn't result in a significant advantage in terms of head- and legroom versus its competitors, but the cabin does feel plenty spacious for the class." -- Edmunds
- "Back seat room is on the cramped side but acceptable for the segment." -- Left Lane News
- "Alas, the backseat still sits low to the floor - an issue in the previous C-Class, too - without a lot of payoff in headroom. Despite claimed improvement in backseat space, legroom for adults remains only adequate." -- Cars.com
Standard features in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot (requires subscription to Mercedes’ mbrace telematics service), push-button start, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic braking and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch display, a center-mounted control knob and a touchpad with handwriting recognition. Available features include satellite radio, a Burmester audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, pedestrian and cross traffic detection with automatic braking, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring.
Most test drivers say the COMAND infotainment system’s new touchpad controller takes time to master, adding that it’s overly sensitive to inputs and awkwardly positioned. However, reviewers note that you can avoid the touchpad by using COMAND’s buttons and control knob.
- "The system includes some trick shortcuts - like swiping up on while on the main screen to bring up the radio tuner - but you'll need to study up before you're able to unlock all of its secrets. Moreover, the touchpad itself is poorly positioned; it's located several inches behind where your hand naturally lands." -- Left Lane News
- "For all its sheen and wonder, the touchpad isn't quite ready for prime time. We found it overly sensitive to swiping motions, often scrolling past a desired submenu. … Fortunately, the dial and buttons act as a redundancy to the touchpad and we found it faster to simply twist and scroll our way through the navigation, phone and entertainment menus." -- Edmunds
- "The latest version of COMAND infotainment system has gained additional functionality but lost a lot more in usability." -- Road and Track
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for the class, while the coupe offers 12.4 cubic feet of room. Split-folding rear seats are standard. The C-Class sedan is available with a power trunk lid and a hands-free trunk opener, which you activate by waving your foot under the rear bumper.
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