2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan

#39
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$39,500 - $43,675

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Overview

The C 300 sedan is one of the entry-level luxury cars that belong to the C-Class line-up of German automaker, Mercedes Benz. Well-renowned for its plush appearance, the Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan even grabs more attention in its 2017 avatar. In comparison with the older model, the 2017 C 300 features an advanced center console and grander interior space.Under the hood, the 2017 Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan carries a mighty 2.0 L turbocharged V4 engine that is capable of churning out a maximum power of 241 hp. For transmission, the Sedan utilizes a 7-speed automated manual gearbox.Without a doubt, the C 300 sedan is one of the best cars for experiencing the taste of Mercedes Benz's luxury and all that for a reasonable price. However, if we look at the other vehicles in the luxury small car segment, three cars surfaced up that can give the C 300 sedan a run for its money. Those cars are namely the Lexus IS 300, BMW 330i and Audi A4 Premium.

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Pros

Exciting engine performance

Sublime interior as well exterior

Amazing ride quality

Imposing safety ratings

State-of-the-art features

Cons

Little expensive than some of its foremost rivals

Acceleration is not much responsive

What's New?

Expanded centre console with nice-looking cascade layout.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

241 hp @ 5550 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

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

56.8 in.

curb weight

3417 lbs.

ground clearance

4.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/28/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Diamond White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Cardinal Red Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Black color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Cardinal Red Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan in Dakota Brown Metallic color
Diamond White

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Ratings

Features

9.3

Engine

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan C 300

C 300

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$39,500 - $41,500

Configurations
C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/28/34)
C 300 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/27/31)

 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan C 300 Luxury

C 300 Luxury

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$39,850 - $41,850

Configurations
C 300 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/28/34)
C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/27/31)

 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan C 300 Sport

C 300 Sport

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$41,675 - $43,675

Configurations
C 300 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/28/34)
C 300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (24/27/31)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 26, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


9.3/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

Under the hood, the 2017 Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan carries a mighty 2.0 L turbocharged V4 engine that is capable of churning out a maximum power of 241 hp. For transmission, the Sedan utilizes a 7-speed automated manual gearbox.

Features

9.3/10

Merging as a disappointment is the fact that the 2017 Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan has only a single trim level, which gets a price tag of $41,495. However, if we look at the features offered by the C 300, they are just simply outstanding. Some of the key highlights of the C 300 Sedan include rear window defroster, heated side mirrors, window grid antenna, keyless ignition, power front seats, and 17-inch spoke wheels.

Trim Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan
MSRP $41,495
Key Features Clearcoat Paint
Body-colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Chrome Bumper Insert
Body-colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding, and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window with Defroster
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Rear Fog Lamps
Radio: Audio 20 - Radio with Single CD & Bluetooth -inc two USB ports, Bluetooth technology for handsfree phone use and audio streaming, HD radio and a central controller with 7" high-mounted tablet-style color display
Audio Theft Deterrent
Window Grid Antenna
MB Apps Selective Service Internet Access
Full Floor Console with Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlet

Engine

7.8/10

"Don’t mistake the C300’s high style for an indication that it’s a tire-burning pulse-pounder in the mold of the similar-looking C-class AMGs; rather, its sleek lines denote a more genteel personality." - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

At the powertrain section, the 2017 Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan incorporates a 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder Turbocharged engine whose power and torque figures are 241 hp and 273 lbs.-ft. respectively. Moreover, the engine is mated with a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission, which allows the driver to switch between automatic and manual gearshift modes.

Models Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
MSRP $41,495 $41,195 $38,745 $37,250
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 3.5-liter V-6 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 241 hp 255 hp 248 hp 252 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft 236 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 273 lb-ft

Amidst the rivalry, the Lexus IS 300 offers the highest engine power of 255 hp. On the other hand, both the Mercedes Benz C 300 and the Audi A4 have the highest torque figures of 273 lbs.-ft. each.

Acceleration

Tracking the acceleration performance, the 2017 C 300 sedan reaches a speed of 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.2 seconds and by continuing further it can cover the quarter-mile distance within 14.6 seconds. However, the 0-60 mph time of all the three competitors of C 300 is less, making them more agile. In fact, with 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds, the Audi A4 has the most aggressive throttle response.

Models Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
0-60 MPH 6.2 sec 5.7 sec 5.5 sec 5.1 sec
Quarter mile 14.6 sec 15.9 Sec 14.2 sec 13.8 sec
Engine 2.0L 3.5L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.5 8.4 6.6 6.3

When we observe the quarter mile time, the Lexus IS 300 is the slowest with its 15.9 seconds, which is just next to the Mercedes Benz C 300's 14.6 seconds. In terms of pollution standards, the Mercedes Benz is the second-least polluting vehicle after Audi A4 Premium with its annual emission of 6.5 tons.

Ride and Handling

The cabin of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan is very comfortable due to the cozy seats and suffice interior space. Moreover, the air suspension system integrated into the C 300 effectively dampens the jolts and thus ensure smooth rides even when the vehicle is moving on bad roads. The handling of the C 300 is not much sporty but it is responsive enough to make sharp movements effortlessly. Additionally, stability is not an issue at all for C 300 even at higher speeds due to its well-made chassis, upright aerodynamics design and features such as stability control and traction control system.

Braking

For effective deceleration, the Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan employs 13.0-inch brakes at its front tires and 11.8-inch brakes at the rear tires. However, the braking performances of all of its three major competitors are better by standards. The 60-0 mph braking distance of C 300 sedan is 131 feet, whereas, the Audi A4 Premium, Lexus IS 300 and BMW 330i sedan have 60-0 mph distances of 105, 118 and 123 feet respectively.

Model Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
Brake Front (in.) 13.0 13.2 12.3 13.3
Brake Rear (in.) 11.8 12.2 11.8 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3594 3737 3410 3483
60-0 MPH (ft.) 131 118 123 105

Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The engine of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan is efficient enough to deliver a decent combined fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon. If split into city and highway conditions, the C 300 offers 24 MPG and 31 MPG of fuel economies respectively.

Model Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
MPG (city) 24 19 23 25
MPG (highway) 31 26 34 33
MPG (combined) 27 21 27 28

The Lexus IS has the lowest fuel economy while the Audi A4 Premium has the highest combined fuel economy that corresponds to 28 MPG.

Interior

7.8/10

"As the first interior developed in Mercedes' Italian design studio, the C-Class cabin artfully blends modern high technology with evocative classic design." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Like a conventional sedan, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan accommodate 5 passengers including the driver at a time. Inside the cabin, the first row of the C 300 offers a space of 37.1 inches of headroom, 54.7 inches of shoulder room and 41.7 of legroom. However, when compared to the other three sedans, the overall first-row space of C 300 is the least.

Model Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.1/54.7/41.7 38.2/55.9/44.8 40.3/55.1/42 38.9/55.9/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.9/55.0/35.2 36.9/53.4/32.2 37.7/55.1/35.1 37.4/54.5/35.7

At the second row, the C 300 has a headroom of 36.9 inches, which is the same as that of Lexus IS 300 but greater than the other two sedans. Alternatively, the largest shoulder room of 55.1 inches is available in the BMW 330i and the largest legroom of 35.7 inches is that of the Audi A4 Premium.

Infotainment System

At the center front of the dashboard is an 8.4-inch infotainment display system which supports AM/FM, satellite radio and real-time navigation. Moreover, a memory card slot, two USB ports, and an Auxiliary audio input jack is also a part of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan's infotainment system. In addition, 2 Subwoofers are also integrated with the vehicle's sound system to enhance the music experience of the users. 

Interior Features

The interior of the Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan is impeccable due to its lavish features with some of them listed as follows:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Keyless ignition
  • Interior air filtration
  • Rear view camera
  • Electro chromatic rearview mirror
  • Steering mounted audio and transmission controls
  • Front seatback storage
  • 10-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support
  • Leatherette finished seats
  • Rear ventilation ducts

Cargo Capacity

For storing luggage, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan offers a good cargo volume of 12.6 cubic feet. However, looking at the boot of the other three sedans, the cargo capacity of C 300 is inferior. The Lexus IS 300 has the largest cargo space of 13.8 cubic feet followed by the 13.0 cubic feet of each BMW 330i and Audi A4 Premium.

Model Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
Trunk Volume (ft.3) 12.6 13.8 13.0 13.0

Exterior

8.5/10

"At first glance, the Mercedes C-Class for 2017 bears a strong resemblance to the E-Class and S-Class -- and yes, it does borrow the aggressive front grilles, sweeping character lines, and taut rear ends." - KBB

Dimension and Weight

The Mercedes C300 is without a doubt one of the most stunning sedans that demonstrates the perfect combination of beauty and performance in the entry-level luxury car segment. However, the sedan weighs a little excessive at 3594 lbs., which makes it the second heaviest among the rivals after Lexus IS 300's 3737 lbs. of curb weight.

Model Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Lexus IS 300 AWD BMW 330i Sedan Audi A4 Premium AWD
Curb weight (lbs.) 3594 3737 3410 3483
Length(in) 184.5 183.7 182.5 186.1
Width(in) 71.3 71.3 71.3 72.5
Height(in) 56.8 56.3 56.3 56.2
Ground clearance (in) 5.1 5.1 6.18 6.29
Wheelbase (in) 111.8 110.2 110.6 111.0
Track width (in) F/R 61.5/60.9 60.4/61.0 60.3/61.9 61.9/61.2

Switching to the measurements, the C 300 Sedan is nearly similar to its competitors with its 184.5 inches of length, 71.3 inches of width and 56.8 inches of height. The ground clearance of C 300 is 5.1, which is equal to that of the Lexus IS 300 but both the BMW 330i and Audi A4 have better ground clearances of 6.18 and 6.29 inches respectively.

Exterior Features

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan looks elegant and stylish from the outside. Furthermore, the car is available in 11 different exterior paint schemes. There are some key exterior features of the C 300 Sedan that is as follows.

  • Daytime running headlamps
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • 17-inch spoke alloy wheels
  • Double-line front grille with Mercedes logo at the center

Safety

7.0/10

Along with luxury, the Mercedes Benz has also ensured the high safety standards in the C 300 Sedan by implementing hi-tech safety features in it. From the large heap of safety features of C 300, the most noticeable include a multi-airbag system, engine immobilizer, remote anti-theft alarm, brake drying, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, and child seat anchors. Besides, there are some more advanced safety features such as blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist that is available as a part of optional safety package.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan has scored impressively in the safety tests conducted by IIHS. In-depth, the C 300 has scored a good rating in most of the individual parameters except for two parameters. The headlights of the sedan are rated as poor while its front crash prevention gets a superior rating.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • mbrace2 Emergency Sos
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • BabySmart Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Knee Airbag, Driver And Passenger Pelvic Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -includes Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

IIHS Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
LATCH Good

NHTSA Ratings are not available

Competition

Mercedes Benz C 300 vs, Lexus IS 300 AWD

One of the strongest competitors of the Mercedes Benz C 300 is the IS 300 sedan, which is manufactured by the Lexus Company. The base MSRP of Lexus IS 300 is Body-colored as that of C 300. However, the IS 300 has better figures in certain parameters namely acceleration, 60-0 mph braking distance, front row space, and trunk volume. Conversely, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan is a better vehicle due to its higher engine torque, lesser quarter mile time, lower emission and better fuel economy.

Mercedes Benz C 300 vs BMW 330i Sedan

Like the C 300, the 330i is also a German-made sedan produced by the world-renowned automaker BMW. The BMW 330i comes with a price tag of $38,745 and is thus $2,750 cheaper than the Mercedes' C 300. Despite the lower price, the BMW 330i outshines C 300 sedan in terms of engine power, braking, acceleration, ground clearance, cabin space, and cargo volume. Whereas, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan only excels at maximum torque delivery and lower emissions.

Mercedes Benz C 300 vs Audi A4 Premium AWD

Another German counterpart of the Mercedes Benz C 300 sedan is Audi's A4 sedan. Priced aggressively at $37,250, the A4 offers more engine power, higher torque, faster 0-60 mph acceleration, better braking capability, and more trunk space than the C 300. The Audi A4 Premium beats the C 300 in almost every performance parameters, which makes it the toughest challenger of the Mercedes Benz C 300 Sedan.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan is definitely a good option if one wants to know what it's like to own a Mercedes Benz vehicle. The budget is quite good and the sedan's interior is the center of attraction. On performance charts, the C 300 scores pretty well and delivers what is expected from a Mercedes Benz Car. However, there are other sedans in the market like the Audi A4 that are more value for money than the C 300. Thus, if you have a special taste for Mercedes Benz cars then go for C 300 Sedan, otherwise, there are many alternatives to look upon.

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