2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: Practical, beautiful, slim and

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Consumer Review

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C300 Luxury 4MATIC Sedan (3.0L V6 AWD 7-speed Automatic)

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7 of 16 people found this review helpful
Practical, beautiful, slim and luxurious
By autofahrer1 on


2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Luxury 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A)


Despite the fact that this is the shortest luxury car available, it is extremely luxurious and refined, with very good handling (excepting steering), ride, and impeccable fit and finish. It is very refined, the most refined car I have owned (and I also own a BMW and a Porsche). The configuration of the car: length; visibility; practical trunk, folding back seats and 4 doors; coupled with perfect proportions and 4 wheel drive make it a car for all seasons, both figurative and literally.

Best Features

The build quality and comfort; quiet, which makes the superb sound system a truly pleasing addition; visibility; ease of parking because of its small footprint, tilting mirror and a rear view camera; reliability thus far (5,000 miles); lever type cruise control; exterior lighting makes the car visible and easy to see from; extremely handsome looks; purchase price relative to all other luxury brands.

Worst Features

Fuel economy is very poor (the car's lifetime mileage is 15.3 mpg) and requires premium; the navigation, iPhone, and voice recognition system is poor, counter-intuitive, even opaque and requires use of an awkward cursor rather than a simple touch screen, and expensive; the rear seat knee room is very tight (would prefer several inches more wheelbase and length all in the rear seating area); steering and turn-in is numb not precise and overly assisted at highway speed; the rear view camera could be informative, provide guide lines; steering wheel controls distracting and unintuitive; blind spot and radar cruise not standard.
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