Pros: Overall refinement; unique safety features; broad selection of engines; fine ride quality; quietness; thrilling performance of C63 AMG model
Cons: Cramped rear seat, especially in coupes; limited trunk space; base model could use some more standard features
CG Says: For 2014, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets standard split-folding rear seats and C350 models get 18-inch wheels instead of 17s. The high-performance C63 AMG offers an “Edition 507” package that bumps horsepower from 451 to 507 and includes unique trim pieces inside and out. Within the confines of its small package, the C-Class acquits itself quite well. The C250’s 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was a fine addition to the line; it’s refined and makes enough power that the car is fun to drive. C63 excepted, others’ premium compacts may beat the C-Class for all-out performance, but for buyers who want brand cachet and an enjoyable driving experience, this Mercedes is worthy of consideration.