2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG® C 63 S

What’s new

  • More power for C 300 and C 43 trims
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • The C 350e hybrid is no longer available
  • Part of the fourth C-Class generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Many available cutting-edge features
  • Exterior styling turns heads everywhere
  • Multiple high-horsepower powertrains available
  • Clumsy touchpad infotainment interface
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Which C-Class does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the base C 300 for the majority of shoppers. It has plenty of power to satisfy most drivers and a long list of options that won't leave you feeling left out. The top-of-the-line AMG C 63 is reserved for the most power-hungry of enthusiasts while the AMG C 43 represents a more sensible middle ground.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

Last redesigned four model years ago, Mercedes-Benz's C-Class could be considered the elder statesman in the small luxury sedan and coupe classes. Normally, that'd be no big deal. But rivals from Audi and BMW have benefitted from more recent updates and come with fresher styling and the latest cutting-edge features.

In the Mercedes' favor is an impeccable interior that has aged exceptionally well and is still packed with technology. Additionally, the 2019 C-Class gets a variety of updates, including restyled headlights and taillights, a power increase for some models, and updated tech such as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new steering wheel with infotainment controllers taken from Mercedes' newer vehicles.

As minor as these changes seem, they help to keep the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class current in a strong field of vehicles that includes the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS. It's worth checking out, especially if you're looking for a sedan that skews toward a traditional interpretation of luxury.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Cars for this year.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan comes in five trim levels: C 300, C 300 4Matic (all-wheel-drive), AMG C 43, AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S.

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 C 300 (and C 300 4Matic) comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (255 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, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, simulated leather upholstery (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, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual USB ports, and a sound system with HD radio.

The C 300 offers plenty of options, both in packages and as stand-alone items. The Premium package adds an electronic trunk closer, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and push-button start, and satellite radio.

Consider getting the Multimedia package, which offers an upgraded 10.25-inch screen with navigation, voice controls and touchpad infotainment controller. Another one is the Driver Assistance package with its forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, navigation-based speed limit assist, and a host of other systems to help prevent collisions.

The AMG Line package adds AMG style and performance features — upgraded brakes, sport suspension, a rear spoiler and unique bodywork — without needing to step up to the C 43. Other packages offer blacked-out exterior trim styling and different wheels.

Stand-alone options for the C 300 include a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, a digital customizable gauge cluster, wireless device charger, and a premium Burmester audio system.

For the most part, AMG C 43 models come standard with the Premium package features, along with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 hp, 384 lb-ft), all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive suspension dampers and 18-inch wheels. The 10.25-inch infotainment display, blind-spot monitoring and unique interior trim are also included.

The AMG C 63 and C 63 S offer similar equipment, with the notable difference of a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft with the C 63; 503 hp, 516 lb-ft with the C 63 S), a multi-clutch, high-performance nine-speed automatic transmission, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. C 63 models are rear-wheel-drive only.


Overall7.6 / 10



The C-Class we tested, the C 300, places few demands on the driver. It makes sufficient power for a luxury sedan with a base engine and, when equipped with the optional AMG sport suspension, offers exceptional handling. You also get responsive steering and unflappable braking.

Acceleration feels strong, although, with an Edmunds-tested 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, the C 300 trails both the Audi A4 (5.3 seconds) and the BMW 330i (5.6 seconds) by a tad. The nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly but can seem a little hesitant to downshift when you're driving in the default Comfort drive mode. You can liven it up with the Sport mode, but then the shifting can seem overcaffeinated.



It's unfortunate that the C 300 scores so poorly here. We like how the front seats are supremely comfortable and offer a broad range of adjustment for all body types. The climate control system is full-featured and effective too.

But our test car had the optional AMG sport suspension coupled with 19-inch wheels. So equipped, the C 300 suffers from an overly firm ride quality. There's a constant level of jarring vibration that will make you question whether the car is, in fact, a Mercedes-Benz. The engine, too, comes across as unrefined and sounds buzzy when you lay into the gas pedal.



An elegant center stack with only the most necessary controls adds to the C 300's classy vibe. Unfortunately, the price for this minimalist design is that some functions lack physical buttons. The only way to access them is through menus in the infotainment display screen.

Getting in and out is easy thanks to wide door openings and a tall enough ride height that makes entry feel more like sliding in than dropping in. There's plenty of room up front, and the wide range of seating adjustments ensures drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable and commanding driving position. On the downside, there's less rear legroom and footroom than you'll find in some other rival luxury sedans.



The C 300's trunk (12.6 cubic feet) is small for the class. A low bumper height and a fairly wide trunk opening make it easy to load luggage and gear. But the trunk is deeper than it is wide, and there's no compensating for the lack of overall space. There aren't a lot of places to store your small items in the cabin either.

Got kids? You won't have trouble finding the lower car-seat anchors and rear tether points. But because of the C-Class' limited rear legroom, installing a bulky rear-facing seat might be a tight squeeze depending on where you position the front seats.



The C 300's infotainment system gets a boost for 2019. Our test car had the optional 10.25-inch display (a 7-inch display is standard) and we liked its crisp, clear graphics. There are multiple ways to control the infotainment system, including touchpad controllers on the steering wheel and a more traditional dial-and-button array. It's overkill, but all the controls work seamlessly, and many drivers will appreciate the choice.

The optional Burmester sound system is excellent, and the (also) optional digital gauge cluster is worth the expense. It puts the status and control of several functions (navigation, audio, phone) in your direct line of sight. Driver assist features work well and are well-calibrated, but they're a pricey option.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

5 star reviews: 72%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 14%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.6 stars based on 7 total reviews

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    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 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
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. the competition

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. BMW 3 Series

    This C-Class generation is right in the middle of its life cycle, but the 3 Series has just undergone a full redesign. As a result, the new BMW benefits from all of the latest technological advances. The difference between the two is most evident in regard to infotainment since the C-Class lacks Mercedes' praiseworthy MBUX system. In terms of driving, the BMW has a bias toward performance while the Mercedes represents more classic luxury.

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    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Audi A4

    Between the sporty BMW and the luxurious C-Class is the Audi A4 that splits the difference in many ways. The A4's understated styling and interior embody modern chic, and there's enough up-to-date tech to please early adopters. Performance is quite good, and stepping up to the S4 will have you competing with the AMG C 43.

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    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Genesis G70

    The Genesis G70 is the new kid in the class with enough performance to challenge any of its rivals and plenty of standard features, and it benefits from a very generous warranty. On the other hand, the back seats aren't as spacious as those in the competition and some interior elements are shared with parent company Hyundai. The Genesis G70 delivers a lot for the money, but there are still some parts that bring you back to reality.

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    2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class First Drive

    Small Improvements for a Largely Great Car

    Kurt Niebuhr by Kurt Niebuhr , Vehicle Test EditorJune 19th, 2018

    It's been four years since the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan received a redesign and two years since the coupe and convertible had the same treatment. For 2019, all three body styles undergo a refresh to keep them competitive against some very strong rivals. We traveled to Germany to see what's been changed.

    Incremental Improvements

    The popular 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 now produces 255 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That's an increase of 14 hp over the 2018 model, and the engine is still available in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles. All three come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is available at an additional cost. A step up from the C 300 is the AMG C43 that gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 385 hp. That represents an increase of 23 hp over last year. All-wheel drive remains mandatory on all C43 models.

    On the outside, the entire C-Class lineup receives some subtle styling revisions. The C 300 models receive the diamond motif grille that was on last year's AMG C43 as standard. In return, the new C43 lineup gets a twin-louver grille on a more conventional mesh background. In addition, the front and rear bumpers have been resculpted, and the tailpipes are now round instead of oblique rectangles. The headlights and taillights are now all LED, and an ultra-wide high beam is available. New available aerodynamic wheels have the potential to incrementally improve fuel efficiency.

    In keeping with the exterior, the C-Class interior gets a few upgrades. A digital instrument cluster is now available, but instead of the flat panel exhibited in Mercedes' more expensive models, this display is fitted behind a traditional twin-circle binnacle. A new steering wheel features the touch control pads and cruise control buttons from other Mercedes models. The standard 7-inch central infotainment screen remains, but a 10.3-inch screen replaces the previous 8.4-inch as the premium upgrade display.

    Safer and More Secure

    Less obvious but equally important, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class lineup has new and enhanced safety and security features. Camera and radar systems have increased range to react better to changing conditions as well as support a low-level automated driving system. Related to that is Active Lane Change Assist that automatically performs a lane change when the turn signal is activated and a suitable space in the intended lane is open. The adaptive cruise control system incorporates map data to slow the vehicle when approaching a curve then accelerate once the road straightens, just as most human drivers do.

    Enhancing the existing Attention Assist feature that ensures the driver is alert behind the wheel is an Active Emergency Stop system. If the driver does not respond to the visual and audio alerts, the vehicle will automatically activate the hazard lights and slow to a stop in its lane.

    The Mercedes Me phone app also gets some notable upgrades. In addition to basic functions and remote start, a new notification system alerts you if your C-Class is damaged while parked. The system is also capable of sending a picture of the vehicle that caused the damage. These features will be offered later in the production run and will be subject to privacy laws and regulations.

    The Song Remains the Same

    None of the above revisions and enhancements do much to change the overall experience of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and that's a good thing. Whether you opt for the base C 300 or the more powerful AMG C43, you'll be treated to a comfortable ride quality and more power than the typical driver desires. On the picturesque switchbacks of Western Germany, the C-Class sedan cornered with confidence-inspiring ease. On the unrestricted sections of the autobahn, the C-Class rocketed to 120 mph-plus speeds with mundanity of U.S. freeway speeds in lesser cars.

    The interior remains pleasantly fashionable with controls that are easy to operate. Just as before, these Mercedes models compete against the BMW 3 and 4 Series as well as the Audi A4 and A5. The C-Class maintains its position in this class as the more luxury-oriented choice against the more athletic BMWs, while the Audi largely splits the difference and adds more high-tech features.

    Deciding between any of these German sedans, coupes and convertibles will depend more on your personal preference than any objective differences. You can see for yourself when the refreshed 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models arrive in showrooms at the end of this year.


    Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 C-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz C-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the C-Class gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the C-Class ranges from 10.5 to 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Learn more

    What's new in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class:

    • More power for C 300 and C 43 trims
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
    • The C 350e hybrid is no longer available
    • Part of the fourth C-Class generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class reliable?

    To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the C-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the C-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 C-Class and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 C-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

    The least-expensive 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $74,600.

    Other versions include:

    • AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $83,800
    • AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $76,450
    • AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $74,600
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    What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

    If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the next question is, which C-Class model is right for you? C-Class variants include AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of C-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG® C 63 S Overview

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG® C 63 S is offered in the following styles: AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 S?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 S and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 C-Class AMG C 63 S 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 C-Class AMG C 63 S.

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