2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG® C 63

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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

  • Interior is impeccably crafted
  • Many available cutting-edge features
  • A range of high-horsepower engines available
  • Clumsy touchpad infotainment interface
  • C 300's optional sport suspension rides too harshly
  • Limited cargo space
  • A 12.3-inch driver display and heated front seats are now standard
  • New Night Edition package adds black exterior trim
  • Part of the fourth C-Class generation introduced for 2015

Mercedes' new S-Class certainly sets new standards for luxury and opulence. But you know, you might not be able to afford a six-figure executive sedan with facial recognition and a fingerprint scanner. If so, you might want to consider the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Available in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles, the C-Class is a versatile small luxury car that offers an appealing mix of comfort, performance and top-notch construction.

But this current-generation C-Class — it dates back to the 2015 model year — is getting on its years, and it lacks the newest Mercedes infotainment interface. As such, the A-Class and the E-Class — the two vehicles that bookend the C-Class in terms of price and size — feel more modern and up-to-date. Check out our Edmunds Expert Rating for the full rundown of this Merc's hits and misses.

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The C-Class delivers respectable performance, impressive comfort, and a luxurious cabin loaded with advanced technology. A wealth of options means you can tailor the car to taste, but those options can add up quick. At a certain point, the Benz's traditional rivals start to look like better values. But there's no denying the Benz's attention to quality and the appeal of its elegant, old-school luxury feel.
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. The C 300 has an Edmunds-tested 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, though it trails both the Audi A4 (5.3 seconds) and the BMW 330i (5.6 seconds) a tad. The nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but it 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. 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 it 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. It 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, it has less rear legroom and footroom than some rival luxury sedans.
The C 300's 10.25-inch display has crisp, clear graphics. You can control the infotainment system in many ways, 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 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. The driver assist features work well and are well calibrated, but they're a pricey option.
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. The cabin doesn't offer a lot of places to store your small items 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.
We tested the C 300 with all-wheel drive. The EPA estimates it gets 27 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is a bit less than rivals. We recorded an underwhelming 24 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route.
A base C-Class is competitively priced. But adding options quickly pushes the price skyward. Our loaded test car was $63,525 as equipped. Many of its options were nice but not essential — and in the case of the AMG Line package, with its stiff suspension, and the optional 19-inch wheels, we'd argue detrimental.

The A-Class is the new "entry-level" Benz, but the C-Class has been the traditional point of entry. So for an entry-level luxury car, build quality is exceptional. There's an impressive attention to detail and fit and finish in this mass-produced luxe sedan. Panel fit, controls, trim and brightwork are all very solid.
The C 300 can range from mild to wild, the latter especially when equipped with the optional AMG package. We're not sure it's worth it since the ride comfort is a significant downgrade from what we'd consider to be the peak Benz experience of a competent, coddling ride. The AMG package can be a thrill for some drivers, although for those drivers, we'd recommend simply moving up to the C 43 for more power and overall sportiness.

Absent the stiff suspension and ride, though, the C-Class remains a kind of old-school luxury experience, with the benefit of modern tech, design, connectivity and driver safety. The margins between its rivals are thin, but the Benz still exudes a bit more elegance and grace.

Which C-Class does Edmunds recommend?

Any of the AMG models will give you the thrills you'd expect of a sport sedan, but consider sticking with the standard C 300. It has a decent amount of power and the money you save with it means you can spend more on the C-Class' optional extras if you want. The Premium package is a good place to start. The Driver Assistance package is comprehensive without being overly pricey, though it also requires adding the Multimedia package.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class models

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a small luxury car sold in sedan, coupe and convertible (Cabriolet) body styles. Five trims are available in increasing levels of performance: C 300, C 300 4Matic, AMG C 43, AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S. Most models use rear-wheel drive, though the C 300 4Matic and AMG C 43 feature all-wheel drive. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

C 300 and C 300 4Matic
The base C 300 and C 300 4Matic are virtually identical; the only difference is that the former features rear-wheel drive and the latter is equipped with all-wheel drive. Standard features include:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque)
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof (sedan and coupe only)
  • Power trunklid
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Neck heater (Cabriolet only)
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • 10.25-inch central infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Premium package (Cabriolet only, see below)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change)

The C 300 is available with a wide range of option packages and stand-alone options. These include:

  • AMG Line package
    • Aerodynamic body kit
    • Chrome starburst-pattern grille
    • Rear spoiler
    • Sport-tuned suspension
    • Sport seats
  • Premium package
    • Ambient interior lighting
    • 13-speaker Burmester premium audio system
    • Satellite radio
  • Night Edition package
    • Premium package
    • AMG Line package
    • Black-painted exterior accents
    • Black grille
    • Imitation suede seat inserts
  • Multimedia package
    • Navigation system
    • Touchpad controller
    • Car-to-X functionality (can electronically communicate with infrastructure and other vehicles equipped with this technology)
  • Parking Assistance package
    • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
    • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
    • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the C-Class and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Driver Assistance package
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front. Can also react to traffic signs and set speed)
    • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
    • Blind-spot intervention (automatically steers the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle's blind spot)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Wireless charging pad

AMG C 43
The AMG C 43 turns up the performance wick with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 hp, 384 lb-ft) and all-wheel drive. Other additions include:

  • Premium package
  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Sport exhaust
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Imitation suede seat inserts

The AMG C 43 is available with all of the C 300's options and packages. You can also opt for:

  • Performance exhaust
  • Configurable steering wheel controls
  • AMG Track Pace software application

AMG C 63
The high-performance AMG C 63 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft). On top of AMG C 43 content, it adds:

  • Electronic rear limited-slip differential
  • Performance exhaust
  • Additional driving modes
  • IWC analog clock

AMG C 63 S
The AMG C 63 S uses a more potent version of the V8, this time tuned to deliver 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. Also included are:

  • Unique grille
  • Dynamic engine mounts
  • Additional traction modes
  • Configurable steering wheel controls
  • Leather upholstery

The AMG C 63 and C 63 S can be optioned with any of the C 300's features unless otherwise already included.

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    Features & Specs

    AMG C 63 2dr Coupe4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A
    MPG 17 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower469 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    AMG C 63 4dr Sedan4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A
    MPG 17 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower469 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    AMG C 63 2dr Convertible4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A
    MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower469 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite C-Class safety features:

    Active Brake Assist
    Warns the driver audibly and applies the brakes if it senses a front collision.
    Surround View System
    Gives a 360-degree view of the car for tight parking lots and spaces so you can 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.

    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11%

    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

    So long has the C-Class versus BMW 3 Series rivalry lasted that pictographs depicting the struggle were found in an unearthed Egyptian tomb believed to be built during the 12th dynasty. The most recent volley in this eternal conflict was fired in 2019 when BMW last redesigned the 3 Series. The 3 Series and the C-Class are pretty evenly matched but stand as only midpack models in our rankings of small luxury sedans.

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    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Audi A4

    Audi is content to let Mercedes and BMW duke it out while its own compact quietly sits near the top of our rankings of the best small luxury sedans. The Audi A4 was redesigned in 2017, but constant updates mean that every new A4 is better than last year's. We commend the A4 for its tech-forward interior design, high levels of comfort, and roomy, adult-friendly cabin. With standard all-wheel drive and a smattering of included driving aids, the Audi offers surprising value too.

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    Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is perhaps the strongest reason not to buy a C-Class. It's smaller and comes with front-wheel drive by default, but we think the A-Class bests its bigger brother in a variety of ways. Introduced just a couple years ago, the A-Class has a more comprehensive set of tech features, and the infotainment system's MBUX interface is unquestionably superior to the C-Class' COMAND unit.

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

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 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 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class:

    • A 12.3-inch driver display and heated front seats are now standard
    • New Night Edition package adds black exterior trim
    • 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 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 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 2021 C-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

    The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $68,600.

    Other versions include:

    • AMG C 63 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $70,650
    • AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $68,600
    • AMG C 63 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $78,000
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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 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG C 63 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of C-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 Overview

    The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C 63 is offered in the following styles: AMG C 63 4dr Sedan (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).

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