2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: April 5, 2019


The C300 Cabriolet is the first step into German luxury and opulence, once you get hooked, you can’t settle for any ordinary commuter. The engineers have improved the harsh ride from the previous gen C300 quite a lot, and given the front some minor tweaks to ready the cabriolet for 2019.

Starting at $51,850 for the rear-wheel drive, the highly recommended all-wheel drive 4Matic C-class cabriolet is available at $53,850. However, with a few add-ons like the driver assistance package, executive package and the AMG-line package, you could see the price climb steeply.

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Pros

Smooth and Efficient powertrain

Great handling at high speeds

Impeccable all-wheel drive 4Matic system

Opulent and spacious interior

Cons

Stiff suspension

Low on trunk space

On the pricier side

What's New?

New, more powerful and efficient engine - power output increase of +14 hp

Intelligent driver assistance technology

Redesigned front and rear bumpers

Smartphone Integration now standard

New standard 17" twin 5-spoke wheels (C-300/C-300 4MATIC)


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51850

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.5/60.9

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

3869 lbs.

ground clearance

3.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

504.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Selenite Grey Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300

C 300

power
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$51,850 - $53,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $51,850 MSRP (21/24/29) 255 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
C 300 4MATIC 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $53,850 MSRP (21/24/29) 255 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


Not all the manufacturers in this segment focus on luxury, some seek to provide you good economy with a utilitarian interior like the BMW M240i, while some may focus their attention to make the car driver-centric and dynamic like the Porsche 718 Boxster. Let’s see how the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic cabriolet fares in the diverse yet competitive segment.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

7.0/10

The C300 coupe is available as either a rear-wheel drive cabriolet or an all-wheel drive 4Matic cabriolet. A 7-inch infotainment is standard with dynamic select as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Trims

C 300

MSRP

$43,800

Key Features

9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission

 

7" COMAND display screen

 

DYNAMIC SELECT

 

All-Season Tires

 

ECO Start/Stop

 

Power sunroof and extendable sun visors

 

KEYLESS START

 

Rearview camera

 

Wood trim with analog clock

 

FrontBass 5-speaker Audio System

 

40/20/40-split folding rear seats

 

ATTENTION ASSIST

 

Active Brake Assist

 

PRE-SAFE

We Recommend

The 4Matic all-wheel drive is a must have in the C300 cabriolet, perfect for fun rides as well as seamless handling in adverse conditions. The Mercedes-Benz C300 cabriolet is the best bang for your buck in this segment combining performance with luxury.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Mercedes grafts new front and rear ends on all models, and graces them with LED headlights and taillights, with multi-beam technology offered as an option. The silhouette remains the same, with a long nose, a tall glass area, and a stubby trunk that integrates better on the lissome coupe than on the sedan. - Car connection

Engine and Transmission

With a new brawnier engine under the hood, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz cabriolet now produces 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet torque from a dual-scroll turbocharged inline-4 with variable intake-valve lift technology. The exhaust note isn't as sonorous as its elder brothers; the C43 and the C63 which get the AMG treatment.

The 9-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels with Mercedes' 4Matic system. With smooth upshifts and ample power throughout the rev range, you'd wonder why there is no roar following the dauntless acceleration.

Models

Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MSRP

$60,590

$59,000

$50,400

$31,180

$51,850

$31,500

Engine

6.2L V8 Gas

2.0L H4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L i6

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine

Transmission

7 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower

455 hp@ 6000rpm

300 hp@ 6500rpm

335 hp@ 5500rpm

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

255 hp @ 5800

275hp @ 5600

Torque

460 ft-lbs@ 4600rpm

280 ft-lbs@ 1950rpm

369 ft-lbs@ 1520 rpm

350 lb-ft. @ 3000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1800

295 lb-ft @ 3000-4500

At this price point, the rival convertibles, get significantly more powerful engines compared to the Mercedes. The 2-series BMW convertible gets a 3.0L inline-6 which makes 335 hp in contrast to the 255 hp Merc. The Camaro convertible, with a 2.0L inline-4 comes closest, making 275 hp, but it costs $20,000 less than the Merc.

Acceleration

The 4Matic Silver Arrow darts to the mile-a-minute mark in 6.2, while the rear wheel drive C300 takes 6.1 seconds to the same, nonetheless faster than the 2018 model. The massive torque at the lower end of the spectrum guns the sedan all the way through the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds.

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

4.9 sec

4.5 sec

5.0 sec

6.1 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

12.7 sec

13.1

13.0 sec

14.1 sec

14 second

Engine

6.2L V8 Gas

2.0L H4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L i6

2.3L

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

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

N/A

N/A

7.4

7.1

   

First to reach 60 is the Corvette in merely 3.6 seconds, followed by the BMW M2401 convertible taking 4.5 seconds. The EcoBoost Mustang and the Porsche 718 Boxster finish in similar times taking about 5 seconds. The Camaro takes 5.4 seconds, while the Mercedes lags behind the rest.

Ride and Handling

Despite the initial turbo lag, the engine recovers quite well with the torque rush that follows. The Mercedes' signature all-wheel drive system - 4Matic - delivers more torque to the rear wheels, making the ride engaging and dynamic.

The chassis, perched atop reasonably stiff suspension, is well balanced through the corners and handles bumps and undulations a bit more maturely than the previous gen model. The optional AirMatic suspension is significantly an improvement over the standard.

Braking

The brakes on the Merc bite down hard and scrape away speed with amazing efficiency. The 13-inch rotors up front and 11.8 at the back are incrementally better than the previous gen and stop the 3500-pound convertible from 70 miles an hour to a standstill in 153ft.

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

13.4

12.6

13

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.3

11.8

13.6

12.6

11.8

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3362

2944

3790

3706

3894

3627

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

112

104

106

153 (70-0)

129

The Porsche 718 Boxster and the Mercedes possess equally massive brakes, while the BMW M240i surpasses the rest with 13.4-inch discs up front. However, Ford Mustang is the only convertible to have comparable performance to the Mercedes in the panic brake test.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Mercedes' engineers have improved the economy figures from the past model quite significantly, without sacrificing power in the process. The tiny twin-turbo 2.0L engine exhibits a decent 21 miles to the gallon in the city premises and upto 29 mpg on the highways.

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MPG (city)

16

21

21

20

21

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

30

28

29

30

MPG (combined)

19

24

24

23

24

23

BMW M240i gives the C class cabriolet a run for its money, boasting better fuel economy both in the city and on highways, while the Porsche 718 Boxster keeps at pace with the silver arrow. However, mileage does not seem to be the forte for American manufacturers like Chevrolet.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

Where the C-Class excels unabashedly is in fit and finish. The glamorous look of the current Benz sedan lineup all but obliterates any memories of tacky, plastic-filled cockpits from the turn of the century - Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

As you'd expect from a Mercedes, the C-class cabriolet is decked out with premium quality interiors and comfortable, yet supportive leather seats. The rear seats are comfortable but not for 3 adults, even in shorter rides, unlike the sedan.With the AMG package, you get suede sport seat with power adjustable bolsters and headrests, along with a flat-bottomed AMG steering.

Model

Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.)

37.9/55.2/43.0

N/A

40.5/54.4/41.5

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.8/54.8/42.0

38.5/55/43.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

37.0/42.2/31.8

35.7/44.7/29.2

35.6/51.7/32.0

33.4/TBD/29.9

The low sloping cloth roof of the cabriolet leaves lesser headroom for you compared to the rival convertibles, so if you're taller than six-feet you'd find comfort in taller convertible like the BMW M240i, which comes with premium quality interiors. While, the Porsche has a more driver-centric cabin design.

Infotainment System

The wider 10.2-inch screen seamlessly integrated on the dash, with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available as standard. The interface is not as intuitive as you'd find in the S-class models, and it takes a while to recognize voice commands. You'd find a better infotainment in either a BMW or an Audi. The Burmester surround sound system is an audiophile's dream, which fills the cabin with crisp clear sound.

Cargo Capacity

At the back of the cabriolet, the cargo volume is not that great, primarily because of the sloping roofline. However, on the inside you'd find plenty of cubby holes to put your starbucks cappuccinos in.

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

10.0

9.7

11.8

13.5

8.8

7.3

The award for the biggest cargo bay goes to the Ford EcoBoost Mustang which boasts 13.5 cubic feet volume, followed by BMW M240i with 11.8 cu.ft, and Chevy Corvette with 10 cu-ft. The Mercedes and Camaro have a disappointingly small trunk at the back.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

8.0/10

Mercedes says it's replaced as much as 50 percent of the C-Class in the 2019 model year. A lot of it's invisible, but one of the more important changes is a new base engine. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 mirrors last year's displacement, but with a more effective twin-scroll turbocharger - Edmunds

Design and Dimensions

You'd need a keen eye, or be a die hard Merc fanboy to tell the 2019 C300 apart from the previous gen model. The front and rear fascia have undergone a facelift to incorporate bigger air intakes. The LED head and tail lamps are redesigned and give the cabriolet a modern look to fit in with other 2019 models. The cabriolet still has the iconic low, hunkered down look which shouts premium from every angle.

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster convertible

BMW M240i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3362

2944

3790

3706

3894

3627

Length(in)

176.9

172.4

175.9

188.5

184.5

188.3

Width(in)

73.9

70.9

69.8

75.4

71.3

74.7

Height(in)

48.9

50.4

55.2

54.9

55.3

52.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.3

5.1

NA

3.8

TBD

Wheelbase (in)

106.7

97.4

105.9

107.1

111.8

110.7

Track width (in) F/R

63/61.7

59.6/60.3

59.9/61.3

62.3/64.9

61.5/60.9

62.5/63.7

The Porsche 718 Boxster is the lightest vehicle compared to the competitors, with the Mercedes and BMW M240i convertible on the other end of the scale. However, you might need to be extra careful on speed bumps, given the tiny 3.8-inch ground clearance in the Mercedes cabriolet. The Mustang is the longest and widest convertible in the segment, so if you find yourself frequently having to maneuver through tight traffic, you'd better avoid the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety

9.0/10
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Steering Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function
  • Speed Limit Assist
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • PRE-SAFE Sound

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition

Mercedes C300 vs BMW M240i

These Germans have got so much going on inside and outside the car, it becomes a bit too difficult certain times which one's better than the other. They stand toe-to-toe in few aspects, while trail amongst the rest. Getting out the differences, the BMW 240i has a superior power and frugal powertrain, is commodious, drives sportingly and better tech.

While the Mercedes C300 and BMW 240i ride smooth and are both comfortable, you'd have to wonder comfort and performance or comfort and laid back driving? Oh, and also the Beemer costs a grand less than the silver arrow. We're leaning towards the spirited driving and plush ride.

Mercedes C300 vs Porsche 718 Boxster

The BMW; a 4-seater convertible has not only more interior capacity but also higher cargo capacity for your luggage making it a more versatile convertible. The engine makes the C300 fun to drive and economical to use as a daily driver. However, in terms of driving dynamics, the Porsche's tiny Boxster is much more stable and composed through fast corners. The steering, throttle and brakes are fined tuned for the performance convertible and much more precise than the BMW and the Mercedes C300

Mercedes C300 vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost convertible

Both muscle cars in spirit, the Ford Mustang has little of any significance when it takes on the German's Mercedes C300. The latter basically thrashes the Mustang on every field, irrespective of the fact its powertrain churns out higher output or how quick it is as in the real world the Merc is far smoother and responsive. Ride quality on the Mustang is comfortable but the Merc has excellent balance between comfort and sport. Premium interior quality also triumphs over the Mustang alongside wider tech availability.

Now all the Merc C300's superiority comes at a hefty cost, around 15 grand more than the Mustang. Are all those improvements worth it? Well, at a budget, you should reconsider your options if Mustang is on your list.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Final Verdict

In case you're hoping to get your hands on an entry-level performance car the C300 is the best option in the market. The Germans have equipped the car with a more brawny and eco-friendly motor than the past. The ride is an enhancement from the 2018 model, yet at the same time stays on the stiffer side, which you can tackle by choosing the AirMatic suspension. The 4Matic all-wheel drive is an unquestionable requirement for the frigid winters and matched with the AMG line package, you could have the absolute best coupe in your carport.