2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan

Pros: Overall refinement; unique safety features; broad selection of engines; fine ride quality; quietness; thrilling performance of C63 AMG models

Cons: Cozy rear seat; limited trunk space; base model could use some more standard features

CG Says: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gains available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. C300 models get a 9-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous 7-speed automatic. C-Class is a premium compact car that was redesigned for 2015. C-Class is more expensive and slightly larger than Mercedes’ entry-level CLA-Class cars. The CLA-Class has standard front-wheel drive, while the C-Class is rear-wheel drive. Base engine for the C-Class is the C300’s 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. There is also a C350e plug-in hybrid that pairs the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor for a total of 275 hp. The C43 AMG is powered by a 362-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The high-performance C63 has a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that develops 469 hp in the base C63 and 503 hp in C63 S. All engines mate to a 9-speed automatic transmission except C350e and C63 models, which have a 7-speed automatic. C300 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. C350e and C63 models are rear-wheel drive only. The C43 has standard all-wheel drive. Safety features include collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian alert, drowsiness alert, and steering assist that keeps the car centered between lane markings. Available comfort and convenience features include ventilated front seats, self parking, panoramic sunroof, hands-free trunklid, and a fragrance atomizer for the ventilation system. The redesigned C-Class moved a bit upscale in size and prestige. Its strong points include regal cabin appointments and an impressive array of comfort, safety, and technology features. Prices are steep, but the C-Class is a compelling premium-compact car choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4 or 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices C300 sedan: $41,245
AWD C300 sedan: $43,245
C300 coupe: $44,195
AWD C300 coupe: $46,195
C300 convertible: $52,195
AWD C300 convertible: $54,195
C350e plug-in hybrid sedan: $48,895
AWD AMG C43 sedan: $54,395
AWD AMG C43 coupe: $56,895
AWD AMG C43 convertible: $61,795
AMG C63 sedan: $67,095
AMG C63 coupe: $68,495
AMG C63 convertible: $74,495
AMG C63 S sedan: $74,695
AMG C63 S coupe: $76,495
AMG C63 S convertible: $82,495

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (C300)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (C43)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (C63, C63 S)
Horsepower
469 (503 in C63 S)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric (C350e)
Horsepower
275
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
30
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
51

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet
2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 convertible
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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