2017 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: Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds new coupe and convertible models for 2017. The C-Class coupe took a year off and returns with a fresh design. The convertible is a new to the C-Class line. Also, the C450 AMG has been replaced by a similar C43 AMG. 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 seven-speed automatic transmission except C43, which has a nine-speed automatic. C300 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. C350e and C63 models are rear-wheel drive only. 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 moves 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 new C-Class sedan 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: $39,500
AWD C300 sedan: $41,500
C350e plug-in hybrid sedan: $45,490
AWD C43 AMG sedan: $52,000
C63 AMG sedan: $65,200
C63 S AMG sedan: $72,800
C300 coupe: $43,575
AWD C300 coupe: $45,575
AWD C43 AMG coupe: $55,500
C63 AMG coupe: $67,925
C63 S AMG coupe: $75,925
C300 convertible: $51,825
AWD C300 convertible: $53,825
AWD C43 convertible: $61,325
C63 AMG convertible: $73,775
C63 S AMG convertible: $81,775

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (C300)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-34

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)
26-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 (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)
22-25

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