2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
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Dan spent many years covering the go-fast, look-good, get-loud corners of the automotive universe. First, he served as editor of enthusiast magazines AutoSound and Honda Tuning, then as executive editor at SEMA News, the publishing arm of the trade group that produces the annual SEMA Show (yes, that show). As a contributor to Edmunds, he now likes to keep the volume low and the speed limit legal, providing expert car-shopping advice to drivers looking for the perfect match.
- Many available cutting-edge features
- Exterior styling turns heads everywhere
- Multiple high-horsepower powertrains available
- Clumsy touchpad infotainment interface
- 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
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.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.06 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
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C-Class C 300
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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.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.6 / 10
|Overall||7.6 / 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.
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.
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.
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5 out of 5 stars
Loaded C300: My 5th New Mercedes (Long Review)
Quai Noi, 02/26/2018
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Great-not perfect-but great
Jim Atlanta , 10/03/2020
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 43 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
I’ve now owned my C43 AMG 4Matic for a year. Overall, I’m happy; yet, it’s not been a perfect experience by any means. I’ll start with the “bad.” It spent nearly three weeks at the dealership to fix a severe oil leak at 2k miles (Leaks =?more appropriate) The oil pan wasn’t properly sealed at the factory, and in two places the line to the turbo leaked. That was frustrating, if not … unsettling. Despite being dangerously low on oil, the notification msg only came on late into the problem. I’ve also had to have the passenger wiper motor replaced. Cosmetically, the panel between the moonroof and the windshield has a paint defect of some kind that makes it look like it’s been parked in the sun for a few decades. No amount of polishing/buffing has helped. It’s just the one panel though, and while I’ve not pushed the issue, technically MBUSA’s warranty coverage excludes this item. The infofrustration system is just stupid as hell. I don’t even attempt to enter GPS destinations anymore—luckily the Mercedes Me app is simple, fast, intuitive, and can send your destination info to your car with zero fuss. MB uses a subscription model for a lot of its connectivity functions, and the price is way too high for what you get. (Dear Mercedes—I just paid $67k for your vehicle. Can ya toss me a bone and just comp the subscription for more than a few months initial trial period? No? Okay.) The ride is Jeep Wrangler bad. I’ll never get over this one- I realize it’s a sports-ish car. But c’mon, there’s a reason ppl buy Mercedes vehicles, and it’s not to be jolted to the point presenting symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Also, the steering-while predictable and adequate—provides a numb and non-communicative driving experience Other gripes: silly shifter, tiny trunk, backup camera distortion, useless infotainment interface. Abysmal dealer experience. Did I mention the ride? PROS: And there are a lot— BEAUTY Aesthetically, the design inside and out of this car is magnificent. It’s breathtaking at times, even. It’s faster than a lie from the president’s mouth—but only in the AMG version. The sport exhaust option is a superfluous and completely unnecessary, expensive option that defies logic, but I’d never want to drive one without it. When you get pst the turbo lag initially and start going at jail-worthy velocity —tap the upshift paddle and instantly it shoots the car forward and with a “POP!” You’ll swear a bullet fired right out of the tailpipe, grinning ear to ear the entire few seconds you have until you either run over the car ahead of you or Mr. PoPo hears what he swears is a shootout and pulls ya over. Would I buy the same car again? Absolutely.
5 out of 5 stars
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Don't be fooled by the 255 Hp. This car is peppy, and fun to drive, (This opinion from a MKZ owner with the 400hp engine.) This little coupe pushes me back into the cozy leather seats, everytime my lovely wife floors the fun pedal. Build quality is excellent, everything works as it should and everyone at Temecula MB was Awesome!
5 out of 5 stars
Hair a blowing in my C43 Cab
Utah Ryan, 08/17/2018
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 43 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Beautiful car. Very good power for a v6. Convertible is so much fun. Like most the trunks are smaller. A owned a 2015 C400 so the engine is similar along with most interior and body aspects. The upgraded exaust is a must. Snap crackle and pop. In Sports plus the gas mileage is poor. I paid close to 80k with all the options. Thought about the 63s cab but the all wheel drive was a … draw in case I need to drive in weather and especially snow.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so we've included reviews for other years of the C-Class since its last redesign.
2019 C-Class Highlights
- Combined MPG
- 27 MPG
- Cost to Drive
- 5 seats
- rear wheel drive
- Engine Type
- 4 years / 50,000 miles
Our experts like the C-Class models:
- 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.
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover11%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview
The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in the following submodels: C-Class AMG C 43, C-Class AMG C 63, C-Class Sedan, C-Class Coupe, C-Class AMG C 63 S, C-Class Convertible. Available styles include C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), C 300 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), C 300 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), C 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), C 300 4MATIC 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), C 300 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 43 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 43 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 43 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 S 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG C 63 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 255 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 4MATIC is priced between $25,222 and$47,000 with odometer readings between 7746 and66183 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 is priced between $26,990 and$57,663 with odometer readings between 16621 and67149 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 43 is priced between $41,998 and$59,938 with odometer readings between 12742 and47551 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 is priced between $59,590 and$69,999 with odometer readings between 10441 and13241 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 S is priced between $62,990 and$73,990 with odometer readings between 13820 and29287 miles.
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