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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Front
2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Rear
2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Profile
Within the confines of its compact dimensions, the latest C-Class acquits itself quite well. Others in this segment trump even the C350 Sport for all-out performance, but buyers seeking brand cachet and a refined driving experience would do well to check out this entry-level premium sedan. The C63 AMG falls in a separate performance (and price) class.
Mercedes-Benz’s premium compact C-Class sedan got a complete redesign for 2008, which left it slightly longer in wheelbase and overall length compared to the 2001-2007 version. Three models were offered. The C300 Luxury and C300 Sport editions held a 228-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. The C350 Sport used a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6. All came with a seven-speed automatic transmission except the C300 Sport, which had a standard six-speed manual transmission and offered the automatic as an option. Automatic-transmission rear-wheel-drive C300s could run on E85, a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. C300 models were available with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive as an alternative to the standard rear-wheel drive.
Sport models had a sport suspension and unique interior and exterior styling. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, antiskid control, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Options included a navigation system (including a hard drive for storing digital music files), bi-xenon headlamps, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. C-Class competitors included the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Cadillac CTS.
During the 2008 model year, Mercedes-Benz launched a C63 AMG sedan tuned by the company’s performance division. The C63’s 6.2-liter V8 engine developed 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. C63 AMG sedans feature a unique power-dome hood.
A 10-way driver’s memory seat and steering column became standard on the C350 and optional for C300.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was available with some new features and option packages. Newly available on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class were keyless entry/engine start and a rearview camera. Newly standard were front hip-protecting side airbags. Newly available on rear-drive Sport models was a Dynamic Handling Package, which includes active suspension, specific 18-inch wheels, and steering-wheel shift paddles on cars with automatic transmission. An optional AMG P31 Development Package for the C63 included a 174-mph top-speed limiter and 30 additional horsepower, bringing the total to 481. The limited-slip differential that was previously included in the P31 package became a standalone option.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is largely unchanged.
A host of changes marked the 2012 Mercedes C-Class. A coupe version was added, as was a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine used in the new base C250 models. Manual transmissions were dropped, but added were newly available rear-obstacle detection, blind-spot alert, and lane-departure warning. Late in the model year, the C350 Coupe became available with all-wheel drive; the only other models offering AWD were C300 sedans.
For 2013, there were several updates for the popular C300 4Matic sedan, most notably a more powerful V6 engine with a fuel-saving start-stop function. There was a new Sport Package for C250, C300, and C350 models that included revised exhaust tuning, specific interior trim, and 18-inch “twin 7-spoke” wheels. When ordered on coupes, the Sport Package also included a revised front suspension. C350 models also added a start-stop system. Finally, the new mbrace2 telematics system was now standard across the board.
For 2014, split-fold rear seats were made standard, and C350 models now used 18-inch wheels rather than 17s. There was also a new C63 AMG “Edition 507” package that raised horsepower to 507 and included unique interior and exterior trim pieces.