Don't be concerned about the output of the C250's 4-cyl turbo. Our track tests show 0-60 mph in under 8 seconds. Yet there's only a 1-mpg City and 2-mpg Hwy fuel economy advantage for this this 201-hp engine over the C350's 302-hp V6. Worth it?
The Sport designation truly means something. Specific suspension, wheels, tires, and brakes combine to produce a controlled and predictable dynamism without sacrificing Mercedes-Benz refinement. Want more sport? See C63 AMG version.
Even with the Sport equipment, the C-Class's ride remains always-poised sometimes-firm, but never intolerable.
Compared to those of the V6-powered C350, the results of our interior sound-level measurements showed the 4-cyl C250 to be just as quiet while idle and at highway speeds, but much quieter while accelerating.
Subtle changes for the 2012-model year haven't changed the C-Class's already good ergonomics. Simple, intuitive, well-placed controls are part of the deal. Some seldom-adjusted functions in deeper in sub-menus might require reference, however.
Resisting the trend of neck-high window sills and A-pillars thick as bridge trestles, the C's traditional cabin offers good outward visibility; Optionally available: Bi-xenon headlamps, reverse camera, blindspot monitor, lane-keeping assist.
Seat Access & Space
Front seat access and comfort are very good, but remember the C-Class is classified as an 'compact,' so rear leg room will be tight for many. Head and shoulder room are generous in either front or rear seats, but not for 3-across in the rear.
Cargo & Storage
Interior storage is average with adequate door pockets, glove box, and central bin. At 12.4 cu-ft, trunk volume is a bit small but the low lift-over, wide opening make the most of it. Optional: Split-fold rear seats
Perhaps the C-Class's greatest attribute is that it is over-engineered. This world car underpins diesel taxis and super-powered AMG performance sedans alike. You can literally feel the build quality and imagine the longevity of each car.