2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pros

  • Interior is impeccably crafted
  • Many available cutting-edge features
  • Exterior styling turns heads everywhere
  • Multiple high-horsepower powertrains available

Cons

  • Clumsy touchpad infotainment interface
  • Stiff standard suspension


Which C-Class does Edmunds recommend?

While we certainly lust after the AMG C63 S with its righteously powerful 4.0-liter turbo V8, it's nearly double the price of the base C-Class. (And, really, how often do you get to use 503 horsepower?) As such, going with a standard C300 is a fine choice. It has decent power, a simple yet elegant interior, and lots of available options via packages or stand-alone items. Not sold? OK, for a good middle ground with more power and equipment, but without the C63's high entry cost, check out the AMG C43.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

There was a time when you could call the Mercedes-Benz C-Class an entry-level luxury vehicle. But to do so for 2018 would be a bit of a disservice. First of all, the CLA-Class is technically Mercedes' entry-level sedan now. But more importantly, the C-Class is more impressive than the words "entry-level" would lead you to believe. It comes with an impeccably built interior, high-quality materials inside and out, upgrading and customizing options galore, and a variety of engine choices.

As for those engines, there's a lot to chose from if you want something other than the C300's turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For better fuel economy, check out the C350e. This plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class offers a modicum of all-electric driving range, an increase in power and the best fuel economy of the C-Class range. If autobahn-worthy speeds are more your thing, there's a turbocharged V6 in the AMG C43 and the turbocharged V8 in the AMG C63, both of which are bona fide sport sedans.

Of course, there are other entry-level luxury sedans, coupes and convertibles that may catch your eye. But it would be a glaring omission if the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class didn't end up on your short list.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 as one of Edmunds' Best Sports Sedans for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in three body styles: sedan, coupe and convertible (Cabriolet). The C-Class sedan, coupe and convertible are available in five trim levels: base C300, C300 4Matic (all-wheel drive), AMG C43, AMG C63 and AMG C63 S. The sedan also gets a plug-in hybrid variant called the C350e. With the exception of the high-horsepower engines and sport-tuned components in the AMG models, most C-Classes get the same standard equipment and are available with a plethora of packaged and stand-alone options.

The C300 sedan (and C300 4Matic) comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque), a nine-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings, simulated leather upholstery (the rather good MB-Tex) and 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks.

Standard tech includes the COMAND infotainment system (with a 7-inch central display screen and a console-mounted dial controller), Bluetooth and an audio system with a CD player, dual USB ports, an SD card reader and HD radio.

For the most part, the C300 coupe gets the same equipment plus 18-inch wheels. The C300 convertible gets a power-folding fabric top, Mercedes' Airscarf system — which delivers warmed air to the neck and shoulders of front passengers — and a removable wind blocker.

On top of the 18-inch wheels, the C350e (sedan only) gets a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor (275 hp combined), a seven-speed automatic transmission, an air-spring suspension with multiple tuning modes, and LED headlights.

Primary options packages for all C300s are essentially the same. The Premium package adds an electronic trunk closer, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and push-button start, and satellite radio. In the coupe and convertible, the Premium package also includes an upgraded Burmester sound system.

Several other options packages are available for the C300 and C350e as well as stand-alone options. We'll dispense with the packages first.

Options packages include the Multimedia package (an upgraded 8.4-inch screen with navigation, voice controls, touchpad infotainment controller); Advanced Lighting package (adaptive high-beam headlights, cornering headlamps, LED headlights, ambient interior lighting); Smartphone Integration package (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility); Parking Assist package (front and rear parking sensors, top-down parking camera system); the AMG Line package (upgraded brakes, sport suspension, a rear spoiler, unique bodywork); and the Driver Assistance package (forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert).

Stand-alone options for the C300/350e include a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, heated and ventilated seats, leather upholstery, a cabin air purification and fragrance system, a heated steering wheel, and a number of interior and exterior trim pieces.

For the most part, AMG C43 models get the Premium package equipment along with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp, 384 lb-ft), all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission, a sport tuned suspension, adaptive suspension dampers, heated front seats and unique interior trim.

The AMG C63 and C63 S are widely similar with the exception of the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft with the C63; 503 hp, 516 lb-ft with the C63 S) and a multiclutch, high-performance seven-speed automatic transmission. Options for the AMG models include carbon-ceramic brakes, exhaust and upgraded wheels and tires sport seats, carbon-fiber interior and exterior trim, and a special AMG head-up display.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Convertible (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class has received some minor revisions. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Driving

4
The C300 convertible drives just as you'd expect a luxury compact would, which is a very good thing. It places few demands on the driver yet still has plenty of power and decent handling when the mood hits. If performance is paramount, you may be better served by the AMG C43 variant.

Acceleration

3.5
The run up to 60 mph takes 6.1 seconds, which is about average for an all-wheel-drive vehicle in this class. Transmission shifts are smooth and quick in the default mode and more aggressive and abrupt in Sport mode. It gets up to speed without drama, but power tends to taper off a bit on the top end.

Braking

4
The C300 has an easy and light pedal in casual driving, yet it is composed and controllable under moderately hard braking.

Steering

4
The steering effort is appropriately light in parking lots and firms up on the highway for greater stability. It's very precise and predictable with a decent amount of feedback for a luxury-focused car.

Handling

3.5
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system and summer tires, this C300 test vehicle has more traction than the typical driver will ever need in dry weather driving. There's still a moderate amount of body roll, and the tires howl loudly when pushed, but overall it's still very agreeable.

Drivability

4
The C300 performs with luxury-car smoothness and is a joy to drive because it's easy to maneuver in tight spaces and requires little effort from the driver in typical conditions. The auto stop-start system is not as transparent as we'd like it to be.

Comfort

4
We deem it critical to spring for the optional Airmatic suspension since ride quality is the only objection we have with the C300 Cabriolet. We've evaluated the Airmatic add-on, and it's a night-and-day difference in regard to comfort. Otherwise, the C300 gets high marks in this category.

Seat comfort

4
The standard front seats offer enough adjustment to allow drivers of any size and shape to find their optimal setting. Padding is firm, but the well-contoured surfaces make them comfortable for hours on end. Lateral support is more than adequate for the cornering limits of this car.

Ride comfort

2.5
The ride quality is too firm for a tourer such as the C300. We drove other C-Class models with the optional Airmatic suspension and the comfort setting is far more compliant and the sport setting feels comparable to the standard suspension. It's worth the extra cost, and we consider it necessary.

Noise & vibration

4.5
The convertible top does an excellent job of reducing wind and road noise to just noticeable levels. With the top down, buffeting is moderate, but the available Aircap system, which directs air over the cabin, greatly reduces wind noise and turbulence. The solid construction is devoid of squeaks.

Climate control

4.5
Once set, the automatic climate control doesn't need adjustment whether the top is up or down. With the windows and top down, there was enough coverage to keep us cool on a warm day. The Airscarf blows warm air on the back of your neck, which may seem frivolous right up until you try it yourself.

Interior

4
The C-Class' interior impresses with a graceful center stack and simple layout afforded by minimal buttons, but it also complicates the interface some. Most other interior aspects are typical for a convertible coupe, but we found the driving position and convertible top to be especially well done.

Ease of use

3.5
The number of buttons has been limited to essential functions, giving the cockpit a simple and elegant layout in which controls are logically placed. Secondary controls require some digging, though, and the menu structure can take some time to become familiar with.

Getting in/getting out

3
The long doors allow easy access to the front seats, and the seat-belt presenter eliminates the need to twist and reach for it. Rear-seat access is impeded with the top up, and the front seats take a while to move forward.

Driving position

3
There are enough adjustments and range within those adjustments to ensure drivers of any size and shape will find their optimal position in this drop-top.

Roominess

3
The front seats are spacious enough for taller adults as the cockpit wraps around them without feeling confined. The rear seats have barely enough legroom for the average adult, and headroom is limited with the top up. The space feels claustrophobic in back.

Visibility

3
Forward visibility is decent thanks to well-shaped roof pillars. With the top up, the small glass rear window limits what you can see and the rear blind spots grow. As far as convertibles go, it's not bad.

Quality

4.5
Even though we consider the C-Class an entry-level luxury vehicle, the materials used and sturdy construction exceed expectations. The same applies to its chief rivals, but the C-Class' overall interior design gives off more of an old-school luxury impression.

Utility

3
It should come as no surprise that you make sacrifices with the convertible when it comes to utility. It's the price you pay for open-air motoring, and the C300 Cabriolet comes in about average on all fronts in this category.

Small-item storage

3
There aren't a lot of bins and pockets in the cabin, but the ones that exist are adequately sized for your personal items. The cupholder bin can also hold a smartphone, but the USB ports are in the center armrest bin.

Cargo space

2.5
The C-Class convertible's trunk is a bit small. Carry-on luggage will fit with some jostling, but anything bigger will need to occupy the rear seats.

Child safety seat accommodation

2.5
As is typical with most convertibles in this class, a rear-facing child seat will simply not fit if the front passenger seat is occupied. Thankfully, the anchors are clearly marked and easy to tether to.

Technology

3
Mercedes' COMAND infotainment scores points for feature content but comes up short when it comes to usability. Competing systems have improved at a slightly quicker pace. The trace pad interface that hovers over the main rotary controller is especially challenging to get accustomed to.

Audio & navigation

3
The COMAND system has most of the features we expect, but the interface isn't as easy to use as those of rivals. The trace pad takes a lot of time to get used to and isn't as intuitive or consistently responsive as the rotary controller.

Driver aids

4
The handful of advanced safety features are appropriately sensitive, not triggering false alarms. The rearview camera view is about average for the class in a variety of lighting conditions.

Voice control

4
Voice recognition is accurate, even with the top down at highway speeds. It understands more natural language as opposed to the robotic chunks that systems usually prompt you with.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Loaded C300: My 5th New Mercedes (Long Review)
Quai Noi,02/26/2018
This is my 5th new Mercedes Benz that I have purchased and the second C300. I also drive the heck out of my cars. I maintain them well, but I drive them hard. I go through at least 2 sets of top quality all season sets of tires per car per year. I buy the C300's as cheap commuters and live on Highway 9 and commute into Silicon Valley daily for work. I typically buy more fully loaded GL and E Class's for my wife. This car replaced my 2015 C300 which was the 1st year for the new body style and it was as great car. This car is a significant improvement in every way. My first C300 (2015) had a number of upgrades and was a great car. However, I didn't get too many upgrades. I had command, LED's, Burmeister (if you get the standard stereo you will regret it as it is terrible), Keyless Go & upgraded wheels. My 2018 C300 is completely loaded. Leather, Command, premium, parking pilot with 360 cameras, LED lights, upgraded wheels, Burmeister Stereo, heated and cooled front seats, wood inlay wheel, active lane keeping assist, active cruise control (semi-autonomous), Keyless Go, electric trunk assist, even the silly cabin fragrances. The first thing I noticed is that this C300 was the first one I have EVER driven that FELT like a Mercedes. For example, when I get in my wife's E-Class, it FEELS and drives like a Mercedes. Meaning that its doors close like a bank vault and there is little to no external sound except on the roughest roads. My wife's car feels heavier too but not in a bad way, more like a powerful and sleek way. My old 2015 C300 was a fun little car but it felt very light and I never felt as comfortable throwing it around on mountain roads like I used to do with the 3 series BMW that it replaced. It was quiet inside but not nearly as nice as my wife's E-Classes have always been. Now this new 2018 feels like a completely different car than the 2015. For starters it has a 9-speed transmission vs. the 7-speed in the 2015. The 7-speed was quite capable, but it felt less refined (by a lot) and held gears so long in sport + mode that the engine noise was shriller than thrilling. chunky is the best way to describe it's shifting. The 2018 9 speed transmission reminds me of the Old Thai Airline's motto "Smooth as Silk". The new transmission means that the cars now drives more like a lighter faster version of the normally aspirated E350 V6. I own both, so I can tell you that it is a very nice feeling. Gone too is the HORRIFIC Turbo Lag of the 2015 4-banger in the old C300. I was nearly T-Boned in Tahoe last year pulling out of a gas station as my 2015 more than once in Tahoe just basically STOPPED responding to the gas pedal when pulling out into traffic at the Lake (not at high altitude) when the temperatures were under 45 degrees F. Also, the old 2015 I felt was unsafe to drive in the green lit "eco mode", it was like driving an early 1980's vintage dodge 4 cylinder when you put it into "eco mode". Now the 2018 doesn't do that, it is extremely smooth, powerful and a joy to drive. I loved my old 2015, but I had to adjust myself to its quirks. In my new 2018 C300 I feel like I do when I get into a much more expensive Mercedes. It handles and accelerates like a dream. On the interstate the engine, cabin and especially the seats allow you to take even long trips with ease and arrive refreshed. Like the 2015 the styling is superb, and the car is a head turner. Also in defense of my 2015 C300, I had zero problems with it in the 3 years I owned it. The C-Class is EXTREMELY reliable. I have owned quite a few Mercedes and BMW's over the years. However, on my commuter vehicles I usually feel like I have to make a lot of compromises. However, I have to say that I do not feel like I had to make any compromises with the new 2018 C300. The car is a blast to drive and delivers on the promise of the Mercedes Benz brand.
The Best or Nothing this car is THE BEST!!!!!!
The Wolf,10/02/2018
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$40,250
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
241 hp @ 5550 rpm
MSRP
$42,250
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
241 hp @ 5550 rpm
MSRP
$53,400
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
362 hp @ 5550 rpm
MSRP
$47,900
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite C-Class safety features:

Collision Prevention Assist
Warns the driver audibly and will apply the brakes if it senses a forward collision.
Surround-View System
Gives a 360-degree view of the car for tight parking spaces and lots to avoid striking objects or pedestrians.
Active Blind-Spot Assist
Senses when a vehicle enters one of your blind spots. Can warn the driver and even help steer the C-Class back.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class began life as the smallest Mercedes (the "Baby Benz"), but it has now grown to near midsize proportions, offering a level of roominess and comfort that rivals that you'll find in many larger cars. With the CLA-Class taking over as the compact Mercedes, the C-Class models are not the lowest-level Mercedes vehicles. But with a wide range of trim levels and price points, they can still hit the mark for shoppers looking for a modest-size luxury car.

Sedan, coupe and convertible, the luxurious design of the C-Class interior is sure to have wide appeal, and the choice of materials — wood veneer, gleaming brightwork and lush seating surfaces — won't disappoint even the most discriminating buyers. There's plenty of room for front-seat occupants to stretch out, although additional passengers might find entry into the back seat a bit of a challenge. And even though the feel of the interior is classic, there's no shortage of modern technology available, including the latest version of the Mercedes COMAND infotainment interface.

The standard powerplant is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and comes linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Not enough power for you? There's also an AMG C43 model with a 363-horsepower twin-turbo V6, as well as an AMG C63 and C63S with twin-turbo V8s that put out 469 and 503 hp, respectively.

Performance, even with the base engine, will likely satisfy the vast majority of buyers. Although the C-Class isn't an all-out sports model, acceleration is sprightly, and there's plenty of power for comfortable, quiet highway cruising. Different driving modes allow drivers to tailor responses to suit their moods, and the available Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel-drive system provides extra traction when needed.

C-Class models include the very well-equipped standard C300 sedan, C300 coupe or the Cabriolet, and the plug-in hybrid C350e, any of which can be further enhanced with a large variety of packages and options. The AMG C43 and C63 models are available for those who are looking for more spirited driving. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the vehicle that best meets your needs.

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