2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

MSRP $41,400 - $43,400

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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The Mercedes-Benz C300 is like the gateway drug to german luxury and opulence. Once you get hooked to the silver arrow, you won’t consider buying any plebeian commuter again. The engineers have improved the harsh ride from the previous gen C300 quite a lot, and have given the front some minor tweaks to prepare the sedan for 2020.

Starting at $41,400 for the rear-wheel drive, the highly recommended all-wheel drive 4Matic C-class sedan is available at $43,400. 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 powertrains

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 inch alloy wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

273 ft-lb. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

57 in.

curb weight

3472 lbs.

ground clearance

3.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr./50,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

C 300$41,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Selenite Grey Metallic color
Selenite Grey Metallic

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 and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Not all the manufacturers in this segment focus on luxury, some seek to provide you good economy with a utilitarian interior like the Kia Stinger, while some may focus their attention to make the car driver-centric and dynamic like the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Let's see how the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic sedan fares in the diverse yet competitive segment.

2020 Mercedes Benz C 300 rear three quarters silver

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior


2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

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

Trims

C 300

MSRP

$43,800

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

 

Bluetooth technology

 

40/20/40-split folding rear seats

 

ATTENTION ASSIST

 

Active Brake Assist

 

PRE-SAFE

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

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine and Performance

7.5/10

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 2020 Mercedes-Benz sedan 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

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$43,400

$32,900

$40,660

$38,195

$35,550

$46,235

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L I-4 turbocharged

2.0L I-4 Turbocharged

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic transmission

7-speed automatic transmission

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

255 hp @ 6200 rpm

241 hp @ 5,800 rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000-4800 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

The entry-level luxury sedan segment is crowded with competitors from every make and manufacturer. From Italy, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Korean Kia Stinger offer stiff competition with capable engines at quite an affordable price.

Acceleration

The 4Matic Silver Arrow darts to the mile-a-minute mark in 5.5, while the rear wheel drive C300 takes 6.0 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

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

6.9 sec

5.5 sec

7 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

14.6 sec @ 96 mph

15 sec*

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

15.4 sec @ 90 mph

15.0 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

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

TBD

TBD

NA

NA

NA

6.3*

In your peripheral vision you'd notice the Alfa Romeo Giulia keeping up with the Merc through the sprint, with the Kia Stinger close at their heels. However, the Lexus IS 300 and the Infiniti Q50 reach the 60mph marker with 7 seconds on the clock.

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 11.8s at the back are incrementally better than the previous gen and stop the 3500-pound sedan from 70 miles an hour to a standstill in 153ft.

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

13

12.6

13.1

13

12.6

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

12.4

12.2

12.5

12.1

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3500*

3649

3583

3521

3671

3500 lbs

70-0 MPH

153ft

185ft

TBD

124ft (60-0)

NA

184 ft*

The Alfa Romeo and the Lexus possess equally massive brakes, while the Genesis surpasses the rest with 13.8-inch discs up front. However, Alfa is the only sedan to have comparable performance to the Mercedes in the panic brake test.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Economy

8.5/10

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 22 miles to the gallon in the city premises and upto 33 mpg on the highways.

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

22

22

21

24

23

24

MPG (highway)

33

29

30

33

30

34

MPG (combined)

26

25

24

27

25

28

Jaguar XE gives the C class sedan a run for its money, boasting better fuel economy both in the city and on highways, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia keeps at pace with the silver arrow. However, mileage does not seem to be the forte for Korean sedan manufacturers like Genesis and Kia.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

9.0/10

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 sedan is decked out with premium quality interiors and comfortable, yet supportive leather seats. The rear seats are comfortable for 3 adults, even in longer rides, unlike the coupe and cabriolet. With the AMG package, you get suede sport seat with power adjustable bolsters and headrests, along with a flat-bottomed AMG steering.

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front Head room (cu.ft)

37.1

38.3

38.2

38.6

40.2

NA

Shoulder Head room

55.3

56.4

55.9

56.1

56.7

NA

Leg Head room

NA

42.6

44.8

42.4

44.5

NA

Rear Head room (cu.ft)

37.1

37.0

36.9

37.6

37.5

NA

Shoulder Head room

55

54.8

53.4

53.6

56.1

NA

Leg Head room

NA

36.4

32.2

35.1

35.1

NA

The low sedan has lesser headroom for you compared to the rival sedans, so if you’re taller than six-feet you’d find comfort in taller sedans like the Infiniti and Genesis. The rival sedans also come with premium quality interiors, notably the Lexus and Genesis. While, the Alfa Romeo 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 sedan, 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.

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

12.6

23.3

10.8

NA

13.2

16.1

The award for the biggest cargo bay goes to the Kia Stinger which boasts a massive 23.3 cubic feet volume, followed by Jaguar XE with 16.1 cu.ft The Lexus and Genesis have a disappointingly small trunk at the back.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

7.0/10

Mercedes says it's replaced as much as 50 percent of the C-Class in the 2020 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 2020 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 sedan a modern look to fit in with other 2020 models. The sedan still has the iconic low, hunkered down look which shouts premium from every angle.

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Kia Stinger

Lexus IS 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3500*

3649

3,583

3521

3671

3500

Length(in)

184.5

190.2

184.3

182.6

189.6

183.9

Width(in)

71.3

73.6

71.3

73.7

71.8

77.4

Height(in)

56.3

55.1

56.3*

56.5

57.2

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

3.8

TBD

5.3

NA

5

-

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

114.4

110.2

111

112.2

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/60.9

62.8/64.8

60.4/61*

61.3/63.9

60.8/61.6

62.8/62.4

The C-class Merc sedan is the lightest vehicle compared to the competitors, with the Infiniti and Kia 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 sedan. The Stinger is the longest and widest sedan in the segment, so if you find yourself frequently having to maneuver through tight traffic, you'd better avoid the Kia.

Exterior Features

  • 17-inch twin 5-spoke wheels
  • LED head and tail lamps
  • Revised front and rear bumpers
  • Optional AMG-line package

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety

Safety and Reliability

  • 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
  • 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

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition

Mercedes C300 vs Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa is a sporty driver-centric sedan with a well integrated cockpit and plenty of power at your disposal. The Merc, on the other hand is an entry-level luxury sedan for comfortable city rides and smooth power delivery. In terms of ride quality the Alfa Romeo meets the German standards, while the C300 could've been a bit more dynamic considering it's brothers: the C43 and C63, which get the AMG treatment.

Mercedes C300 vs Kia Stinger

Unlike the legendary Kia Stinger GT, the Stinger is an everyday city cruiser. With decent interiors and an average engine, the Stinger doesn't stand a chance against the premium Mercedes with high-quality materials on the inside. Even the engine performs much better in terms of fuel economy in not only city premises, but also on the highways.

Mercedes C300 vs Lexus IS 300

Lexus may have given the Lexus amazing interiors with great materials throughout and smooth supple suspension with adaptive dampers, but the engine feels lackluster after you give the Mercedes a go. The all-wheel drive 4Matic system married to the Mercedes engine with the 9G-Tronic transmission is beyond the Lexus' scope. Thus, the Merc C-class is an overall better sedan than the Lexus.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Final Verdict

If you're looking to get your hands on an entry-level luxury sedan the C300 sedan is the best option in the market. The Germans have fit the sedan with a more powerful and fuel efficient engine than the previous generation. The ride is an improvement from the 2018 model but still remains on the stiffer side, which you can solve by equipping the AirMatic suspension. The 4Matic all-wheel drive is a must for the icy winters and paired with the AMG line package, you could have the most perfect sedan in your garage.

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