2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Road Test Specs

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 7-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport 4Matic 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Base MSRP$41,325
Options on test vehicleBlack, Sport Package ($3,000 -- includes AMG body styling, sport suspension, 18-inch AMG wheels with high-performance tires, Open Pore Black Ash trim, black headliner, sport seats, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, front perforated disc brakes, aluminum pedals with rubber studs, AMG floor mats, MB-Tex top-stitching and dash; Premium Package ($2,700 -- includes heated front seats, Sirius/XM satellite radio, Burmester premium sound system, LED headlamps, Keyless Go); Interior Package ($2,300 -- includes leather upholstery, ventilated seats, ambient lighting, passenger seat with memory, illuminated door sills); Garmin Map Pilot Navigation System ($600); Blind Spot Assist ($550); Rearview Camera ($460)
As-tested MSRP$50,935


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,991/121
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)241 @ 5,550
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 1,300
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSeven-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional variable-ratio rack-and-pinion power steering
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, front225/40R19Y XL
Tire size, rear255/35R19Y XL
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rearVentilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 92.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 92.3
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.87
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.7
@ Full throttle (dB)77.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.6
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPedal overlap helps acceleration considerably. The C300 reponds well to power braking up to about 2,700 rpm. 0-60 time drops almost a full second from a standard pedal-swap launch. No wheelspin. Best run using auto shifting. Rev-matched downshifts, but won't hold gears at redline -- even in Sport+
Braking commentsVery solid, confident pedal. The C300's brake pedal is responsive, solid and consistent -- as good as it should be in this class.
Handling commentsSlalom: Even in Comfort mode the C300 is grippy and responsive. Step it up to Sport+, however, and response to inputs is genuinely surprising. It's easy to drive through the slalom, with predictable direction changes. ESC is reasonable in its intervention and manages to make small trims when its limits are overrun. Skid pad: Though the C300 won't rotate off the throttle (even with ESC disabled), it's easy to predict its limits and drive right to them. Grip is reasonably high and I could use more lateral support in the seat. Despite its relatively aggressive bolsters, the C300's seats don't hold me in place.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/5/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)85.5
Relative humidity (%)23.88
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.78
Wind (mph, direction)1.0, cross
Odometer (mi.)2,731
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)39/45

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 combined/24 city/31 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,583
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,722
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)184.0
Width (in.)71.3
Height (in.)56.8
Wheelbase (in.)112
Turning circle (ft.)36.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)35.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.8


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles

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