The new S-Class from Mercedes clearly sets a new standard for luxury and opulence. But, you know, you probably can’t afford a six-digit executive sedan with facial recognition and a fingerprint scanner. In that case, consider the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a good car. It is available in three body styles and has a choice of engines that are powerful, deliver good mileage, and ensure a smooth ride. This car has one of the best interiors in its class with comfortable front seats and lots of technology.
The C-Class is available in coupe, convertible, and sedan forms, all of which have a 111.8-inch wheelbase, a deadly engine, and a nosedive dashboard. Rear-wheel drive is standard, although buyers outside the sunbelt are more likely to consider all-wheel drive.
In general, this is a relatively conservative sedan, but with more flair and cohesion than most of its competitors. The airy greenhouse prevents the C-Class model from looking too scary, although AMG touches are written in variants 43 and 63.
An elegant middle stack with only the most essential control elements contributes to the elegant atmosphere of the C 300. Unfortunately, the price tag for this minimalist design is a feature that lacks physical buttons. It can only be accessed through the menu on the infotainment screen.
Getting in and out is easy thanks to the wide door openings and the high ride height. This makes the entry feel more like pushing in than falling. There’s plenty of space in the front and a variety of seat adjustments ensure that drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable, commanding driving position. On the downside, it has less legroom and rear legroom than some of its competing luxury sedans.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powers all C300 models, delivering 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, and immediately knocking Mercedes off the track. The nine-speed automatic transmission takes on shifting tasks. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but you can get all-wheel drive (called 4Matic) for two more wings.
The car reaches 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The engine shuts down properly at idle and highway speeds, but the soundtrack at full speed is less pleasant than expected. In our most recent comparison test for the entry-level luxury sports sedan, the acceleration results of the C300 show this in the middle, as the BMW 330i and the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T are faster.
The base C 300 sedan starts at $ 41,600. It’s not the highest starting price in the class, but it’s definitely above average. The C 300 Coupé starts at $ 47,200, the Cabriolet at $ 54,700.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is the equipment variant and also more expensive than most other equipment variants in its class. This sedan costs $ 76,200, the coupe $ 78,250, and the convertible starts at $ 85,600.
|Engine||turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection|
|Displacement||122 cu in, 1991 cc|
|Power||255 hp @ 5800 rpm|
|Torque||273 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm|
|Transmission||9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode|
|Brakes (F/R)||13.0-in vented disc/11.8-in vented disc|
|Tires||Continental ContiSportContact 5P SSR, F: 225/40R-19 93Y MOE R: 255/35R-19 96Y MOE|
|Passenger volume||80 cu ft|
|Trunk volume||11 cu ft|
|Curb weight||3648 lb|
|Top speed||132 mph|