New models, a new naming scheme, and with that, a new hierarchy. With the CLA now taking on the entry-level sedan spot, the always reliable C-Class has its status moved a bit more upmarket.
The Mercedes-Benz C-class has indeed had a tough task, anchoring entry-level duties here in the U. But thanks to an expanded line-up, the C-Class now has the ability to come into its own, so to speak, and embrace its inner luxury car.
Getting down our test track took Full auto shifts are head snapping strong with good power from the engine all the way to redline. There was a touch of wheel spin at launch, but no noticeable turbo lag as we dashed to 60 in 6.
There is an earth braid at the rear or the widest coil - another M6 nut and its off. Take out the 6x tradesman plugs. Next its time to remove the cylinder head unit.
Engine noise if fairly subdued, and the exhaust has a sporty but not vicious note. Despite a serious burning smell and feel that was not befitting of a true luxury car, stopping distances from 60 were actually very good, averaging just feet and it was very stable.
2014 Audi A4 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300
Things felt much more luxury minded through our slalom course, but the C is still a very capable handler. The suspension sees a big upgrade, with new independent 4-link hardware up front and 5-link in the rear.
Because of that the C will probably lose every comparison it gets lumped into. So while it may still fall short of rivals such as the 3 Series and ATS in the handling department, it out-luxuries them for sure.
The level of interior refinement, a noticeable weak spot in the previous C, has gotten vastly better, appearing more S-Class than anything else. Most trim work looks way above price point, the piano black a noticeable exception as it was already scratched up in our test car.
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Most found the seats comfy, with plenty of room up front for a compact, but even with 3-inches of additional wheelbase, rear seat room remains tight. And there was certainly room to grow as the previous C-Class was actually shorter in length than the CLA; and indeed every dimension has been increased.
As before, two faces are available, a classic design with traditional grille in the Luxury line; and the large logoed grille of the Sport line. Most of our crew found it rather boring. We averaged just under that with And that makes a better than average Energy Impact Score with the burning of However, factoring in the amount of luxury Mercedes-Benz has been able to cram into this car makes all of those numbers seem almost like a bargain.
A coupe and of course AMG versions are available as well.
Mercedes-Benz considers their flagship S-Class the greatest car in the world. We think the C-Class might be considered a great runner-up.