This 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan video review includes information about fuel economy, price, interior space and quality, safety and technology features like COMAND. We also compare it to other luxury sedans.
It's not easy picking an entry-level luxury sedan. There are a lot, and most of them are incredibly good. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of them, so let's see what sets it apart from the pack.
Everything about the C-Class has a substantial quality that can't be appreciated simply by looking at photos or a spec sheet. This doesn't feel like the cheapest Benz, just the smallest one.
That should explain why the C-Class costs more than some competitors. But, at least a base C250 for about $35,000 includes most of the items you expect in this segment. From there, you can pile on most of the upgrades offered by competitors. This reasonably equipped C350 is around $50,000.
There are four models available. The C250 has a 201-horsepower turbo-4 that will return fuel economy of 25 mpg combined. The C300 4Matic is the only all-wheel drive model (the others are rear) and it has a 248-hp V6 good for 23 mpg. This C350 has a 302-hp V6 that will also return 23 mpg. There's also a high-performance 451-hp C63 AMG model.
Safety is a priority. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has more airbags than most rivals, and there are lots of available high-tech driver warning systems. The government gave it four out of five stars for overall crash protection, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.
The handling isn't that of some razor sharp sport sedan, but even the BMW 3 Series isn't that any more. No, the C is responsive and even fun. The C-Class ride is on the firm side, especially in the C250 Sport model, but it's very well damped.
There's no shortage of gadgets, including standard Bluetooth audio and a suite of smartphone features. To control them all, Mercedes relies on a mix of dash buttons and a knob-screen system called COMAND. It's generally easier to use than many competitors, though it can't adjust as many little vehicle settings.
If there's a main downside, it's that the backseat is smaller than in most rivals. Some may say not having leather standard is a con, too, but this is a special vinyl called MBTex. It breathes better than leather, it's easier to clean and it won't wear out as quickly. Your friends will never know the difference.
We're big fans of this Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but then we're also quite fond of BMW's 3 Series, Audi's A4 and Volvo's S60. We wish we could say one stands tall above the rest, but we can't. You should definitely take them all for a long test drive.