2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test


2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: Sweet Austerity

June 24, 2008

I like dark interiors in cars, and I like the austerity of our 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300's cabin.

Sometimes dark interiors are an opportunity to camouflage materials cost-cutting from the brutal reality of natural light (see previous-generation C-Class or current-generation Infiniti G35). But in our '08 C300 Sport, the materials quality meets a high standard, so evidently, the cabin looks the way it does because the designers intended it. It's a cold interior.

Next to a light-colored Audi or Lexus with bird's-eye galore, you might call it emotionless.

But I like its down-to-business character. It's not trying to coddle me or make me feel something about the C300 that I shouldn't really be feeling. All it does is put me in the right position to drive and manage the controls (most of which aren't too bad to use since the advent of New COMAND). And while this isn't a car that inspires me to take it on any really interesting roads, I know that wherever we go, it will be an orderly affair.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,456 miles

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