2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe

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2018 MODEL

$43,200 - $45,200

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Mercedes Benz is back in the entry level coupe segment with its style siren, this year. The 2018 C 300 4Matic is as gorgeous as it can get reminding us of the larger E class and S-class models. Unlike most ofits competitors who provide agile handling and eloquent power, the C 300 isn't much of a performer butit promises to pamper its occupants in one of the finest interiors and inspiring aesthetics in the segment.

Priced at around $45000, the Mercedes-Benz C 300 doesn't offer much choices when it comes to engine options. The coupe comes loaded with a two litre inline-four cylinder engine which provides amplepower, if not thrilling. However, an all-wheel-drive proves to be a better alternate for those in search ofmore punchy acceleration and torque. The 7-speed auto transmission makes way for a new 9-speedautomatic transmission which is standard configuration for both RWD and AWD variants.The German beauty offers uncompromised luxury regardless of the coupe or cabriolet styling.

Mercedes has made some of the features standard with the 2018 C 300 like blind-spot monitoring, push-startbutton and a new 18-inch wheel design. However, some of the essential connectivity features of theinfotainment system like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still available as add-ons with additionalcosts and are pretty expensive, just like the car.


 

6.6/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 

7.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

Priced at around $45000, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe doesn't offer many choices when it comes to engine options. The coupe comes loaded with a 2-liter inline-four cylinder engine which provides ample power, if not thrilling. The 7-speed auto transmission makes way for a new 9-speed automatic transmission which is the standard configuration for both RWD and AWD variants.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Features

The coupe is just available in one trim which is powered by a 2-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine. With better torque and acceleration, an AWD variant is also available. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission which is a standard for both RWD and AWD.

Trims C300 4Matic Coupe
MSRP $45,200
Features
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Front seats with Lumbar support
  • 7-inch Infotainment system
  • Rearview camera
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

The base package includes most of the essential features. In addition to this, the Advanced Lighting Package upgrades the headlights to LED headlamps with automatic high-beams. It also includes ambient interior lighting for better cabin aesthetics.

The premium package for an additional $1900 includes :

  • Power folding side-view mirrors
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Premium Burmester audio system

Other standalone add-ons for the C 300 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for $350.

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There's nothing much to choose when it comes the Mercedes-Benz C 300. The biggest decision one has to make is choosing between the RWD and AWD variant. If you are content with the average power and performance of the C 300, you may go with rear-wheel drive. However, those hunting for some action with added torque may choose the RWD. Regardless of whichever powertrain you choose, we'd recommend you to add the advanced lighting package for added benefits of auto-high beams and illuminated door sills.

 

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Engine

6.6/10

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. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 C 300 comes with just one engine option. The coupe is powered by the 2-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. However, the alternate AWD variant adds some more torque to the figures at the cost of fuel economy.

It shares the bottom of the chart with the Lexus RC when it comes to power. Powered by a similar sized engine, Kia churns out a whopping power of maximum 255 hp to lead the flock. The Mercedes may be a bit relaxed than others in power, but in terms of torque, the C300 is way ahead of its competitors with a max torque of 273 hp for RWD and 281 hp for AWD variant.

Models Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i Coupe Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
MSRP $45,200 $43,500 $31,900 $40,640
Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

 

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

 

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power (hp @ rpm) 241 @ 5550 248 @ 5200 255 @ 6200 241 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm) 273 @ 1300 258 @ 1450 260 @1400 258 @ 1650

Acceleration

The Benz C 300 shows potential when raced for a very short period of time due to its shorter initial gear ratios and better-tuned transmission. It pulls up from 0-60 in just 5.8 sec which is fastest in the segment after BMW. However, these figures change for the quarter-mile test and the coupe proves to be a bit lazy with a slight hint of turbo lag. The C300 takes 14.6 seconds to hit the quarter-mile mark making it the slowest among the segment after the Lexus RC.

Models Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec 5.5 sec 5.9 sec 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 14.6 sec @ 93.3 mph 14.4 sec @ 100.7 mph 12.9 sec @ 110 mph 15.2 sec @ 81.0 mph
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.6 6.6 7.4 6.8

Handling and Ride quality

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 is easy to handle but not in a sporty way. The coupe provides enough confidence to the driver on relaxed turns with balanced body roll. Steering is manageable but not fun and certainly lacks the feel and response one gets from a BMW.

The 2-series provides good ride quality on highways and paved roads but struggles terribly on undulations and rough surfaces. The cabin suffers from excessive vertical movements and jolts and suspension barely does its job. The sport suspension is optional but you get into more trouble if you go for it- the sport mode improves handling slightly but makes the ride even stiffer and comfort goes down significantly.

Braking

The C300's braking is quicker than its acceleration. The coupe comes to a halt from 60 mph in just 109 ft which is also the best in the segment while the Kia Stinger being a bit lazy hits the bottom of the table. ABS provides good feedback and stops the car without any hassles maintaining stability and composure even if one goes hard on the pedal.

Model Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
Brake Front(in) 13.0 12.3 12.6 13.1
Brake Rear(in) 11.8 11.8 12.4 12.2
Curb weight(lbs) 3759 3574 3611 3737
60-0 MPH (ft.) 109 N/A 113  

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Fuel Economy

6.6/10

The C300 is one of the thirstiest coupes in the segment with a combined mileage of 26 mpg as a result of 22/30 mpg on city/highways. The AWD variant goes even low on the economy scale with a combined mileage of 24 mpg.However, the efficiency isn't that bad on roads and C300 performs similarly to BMW or any other competitor.

Model Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
MPG (city) 22 24 22 22
MPG (highway) 30 34 29 32
MPG (combined) 26 27 25 26

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Interior

6.6/10

The cabin of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most elegant in the class. It includes an array of high-grade materials, and the craftsmanship is superb. This praise doesn't include the infotainment system, however. The front seats are comfortable, but tall travelers will have a hard time riding in the back for too long. -cars.usnews

Seating and comfort

The interior of Mercedes Benz is a treat to the eyes. It has black and beige dual-toned cabin along with metal-ringed air vents is aesthetically pleasing. The quality of materials used is top-notch and looks downright luxurious all over and the front seats can be manually adjusted for perfect comfort- additional heated seats are available as an option for further pampering. The instrument panel is futuristic and the mouse-like controller for the infotainment system has been replaced by a touch-pad which makes it much more easier to use.

The front cabin has ample headroom, in fact, one of the most spacious in the segment but it's the rear cabin which makes it challenging to call this the best. Due to its smaller length, the C300 can't accommodate 2 passengers at the rear comfortably and the legroom is bit cramped and pose a challenge to get in and out of the car easily.

Model Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
Passenger capacity 5 4 5 4
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 88.2 90.0 93.8 82.0

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/54.8/42 39.8/55.3/42.2 38.3/56.4/42.6 37.8/54.7/45.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.6/51.7/32 36.1/51.7/33.7 37/54.8/36.4 34.8/50.8/27.3

Cargo/Trunk Volume

The Mercedes-Benz is surely not a utility vehicle which is evident from the boot-space. The coupe provides 10.5 ft-cube of cargo space which is why it shares the lowest position of the chart with the Lexus RC.

Model Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
Volume (ft cube) 10.5 15.7 23.3 10.4

Infotainment System

Inside, it comes loaded with a  7-inch infotainment screen running the Mercedes' COMAND software with navigation, a touchpad controller with gesture control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The sound output works just fine unless you upgrade it to the Burmester audio system which fills the coupe with 13 speakers to produce an immersive surround sound experience.

Mercedes lacks the essential smartphone integration options. The Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are offered as an add-on which increases the price of the car by at least $500.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Exterior

7.6/10

The details matter less to the C-Class’ overall impression of fluidity. The LED lines over the headlights frame the front end nicely along with large low-set air intakes. The streamlined nose blends into slightly flared fenders, on back to the softly curved tail that’s strongly cued after the S-Class. -thecarconnection

The coupe almost carries over the same look and style as that of its predecessor. The only notable difference is the new shade of blue that is added to the catalog this year. Mercedes-Benz has also launched a new 18-inch design to further add to the style of this pretty Coupe.

Dimensions and Weight

The C 300 is the top coupe in the segment which avails ample headroom in the cabin. The car is narrow and cramped which makes the rear cabin space a bit congested and lessens the legroom for an average 6 ft person.

Model Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic BMW 430i (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300)
curb weight(lbs) 3759 3574 3611 3737
Length(in) 184.5 182.6 190.2 184.8
Width(in) 71.3 71.9 73.6 72.4
Height(in) 55.3 54.2 55.1 54.9
Ground clearance(in) 4.1 5.1 5.0 5.3
Wheelbase(in) 111.8 110.6 114.4 107.5
Track width(in) F/R 61.5/60.9 60.9/62.7 62.8/64.8 62.2/61.8

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirrors
  • Keyless entry

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Safety

7.6/10

The C300 has passed the crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with flying colors across the board; however, it has yet to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe has earned Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS which is the best possible rating.

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

 CRASH AVOIDANCE & MITIGATION
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
LATCH Good

Safety Features:

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 comes with all the essential safety features as per standards. The features include:

  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • Attention Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Crosswind Assist
  • 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS)
  • Rearview camera
  • PRE-SAFE
  • Seat belt technology
  • 10-way airbag protection
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SmartKey with Keyless-start
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Competition

Lexus RC300 Vs C 300 coupe

Lexus RC300 is a promising mid-range coupe but it still has a long to go before competing with the 2018 C300. Despite using a similar sized engine, it poses disappointing performance figures in power, acceleration, and torque as compared to the Benz. Lexus RC300 is about $5000 cheaper than the Benz but it starts making sense when we look at the latter's exterior aesthetics and interior details. For now, C300 surely looks like a better choice than RC 300.

BMW 430i Vs C 300 coupe

The BMW 430i is powered by a 2-liter 4 cylinder engine which produces the best in class power and torque. It also has a better infotainment system than the Mercedes-Benz's and one-ups C300 in terms of driving experience as C300 isn't as responsive as 430i. But Mercedes beats BMW with its plush and luxurious interior and better aesthetics. However, the styling can cost you at least $2000 more than the Bimmer.

Kia Stinger Vs C 300 coupe

The Kia Stinger comes with a powerful engine, sleek styling, and immersive infotainment system but it fails to pose a threat to the more premium, luxurious and stylish C300 due to its rough ride quality due to stiffer suspensions. Noticeably, the Stinger has shorter gear-ratios which makes it a little eager to upshift and toughens drivability while Benz's 9-speed automatic transmission is fine-tuned to perfection and offers spot-on shifting conditions. Based on preferences, the Stinger proves to be a strong competitor of the C300 in the entry-level segment.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz C300 is a stylish car which isn't meant for driving enthusiasts due to its relaxed power and average handling. The Coupe is comfortable and luxurious for 2 adults but we'd rather suggest the C-class sedan if you are looking for a family car with ample cargo space. So, if you're looking for a handsome hunk for a daily commute, Mercedes C300 is custom tailored to your needs.

Pros

Attractive cabin aesthetics

Shifting is easier with the new transmission

Cons

Average power and performance

Add-ons will increase the price rapidly

Sport suspension is optional without which ride is pretty rough

What's New?

A new 18-inch wheel design

9-speed automatic transmission instead of 7-speed auto

A new shade of blue has been added to the colour palette


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43200

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

241 hp @ 5550 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

3616 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

10.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/25/30 mpg

highway range

522 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe in Diamond White color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe in designo Cardinal Red Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe in Black color
Diamond White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

6.6

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

6.6

Exterior

7.6

Safety

7.6

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe C 300

C 300

power
241 hp @ 5550 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$43,200 - $45,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C 300 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,200 MSRP (19/25/30) 241 hp @ 5550 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Black
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  Diamond White
C 300 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $45,200 MSRP (19/25/30) 241 hp @ 5550 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 4   Black
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  Diamond White