2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide
Mercedes has been always a synonym to luxury and C class is no different. Now building heat from BMW and Jaguar have made them imbibe that sporty intent to it as well. The insides keep on being the most lavish lodges in the market. While the C class isn't expected for an all-new substitution for a couple of more years, this mid-cycle refresh brings some striking changes.
Despite the fact that the 2017 Mercedes C-Class makes up the cost when contrasted with 2016 model, yet it beyond any doubt comes up short on the creation up with regards to the opponents in this portion. Jaguar XE by Britishers furnishes an exceptionally solid rivalry with more included highlights accessible in the vehicle.
One thing that the clients are certain to see is the value that the new 2017 C-Class has raised when contrasted with the most recent year 2017 model. In any case, the new model more than compensate at the cost distinction with a plenitude of new helpful and execution highlights. With accessible in three unique looks-Sedan, Coupe and the convertible, clients are certain to have a great deal of alternatives close by.
6.6/10 Fuel Economy
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Features
2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class trim levels and features
Power Front Seats with driver seat memory
Remote opening and closing of windows and sunroof
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Pre-Entry Climate Control
40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
Power-folding side mirrors
Illuminated entry system
HomeLink garage door opener
Entrance lamps in doors
Brake HOLD feature
The 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class is available from the starting price of $40,250 with standard features and optional features available at extra cost.
The Mercedes Benz C-Class is available in total five trim levels out of which two we will be discussing would be - C300 and C300 4Matic (all-wheel-drive). Rest three trims (AMG class is discussed in a separate review).
Base C300 comes along with a lot of standard features along with lot of available options via package items. These all make it a good and the preferred choice. But if you are not a fan of manual transmission, than going with C300 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) is the option for you.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Engine
"Pack a lunch. We could be talking about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class' powertrains for a while." -The Car Connection
Engine and Transmission
Standard with 2.0 L inline-4 turbo engine and 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles, this car is capable of providing a horsepower of 241-hp. Also ECO Start/Stop system comes along with this car as standard.
Mercedes-Benz C- Class
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
Mercedes Benz C-Class base engine is strong generating 241 hp from 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4 engine, but in the same class with lower price comes the Jaguar XE providing 247 hp, 6 hp more than that of Mercedes Benz C-Class. All other cars in the same class including Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series are nowhere even near to it with 190 hp and 180 hp power respectively.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is able to rush you to 0-60 mph in just 6.2 sec, credit to its widely variable timing valves. Turbo lag is there initially when the car started along with a sound from 4-cylinder coming to the ears of the driver. But the car goes as smooth as it can, as some ground is covered by it.
Mercedes-Benz C Class
But when it comes to comparing the new Mercedes with its rivals, it is only second to Jaguar XE which reaches 0-60 mph in about 6.0 seconds, 0.2 seconds less than Mercedes Benz C-Class. While other competitors give 6.8 sc for Audi A4 and 7.1 sec for BMW 3-Series.
Handling and Steering
Equipped with Selective damping system, individual shock absorbers adjusts themselves automatically depending on the drivers driving style and the road condition. These adjustments make the ride in Mercedes more comfortable with smoother and composed ride.
Equipped with adaptive braking technology including Predictive Brake Priming which sets the pads close to the discs for more immediate response if you lift off the accelerator quickly and Hill Start Assist preventing unwanted rollback, Mercedes-Benz C-Class is completely reliable stock when it comes to braking. It takes C-Class takes 131 feet to come to 0 from 60 mph, which surely can be said is not a good number to consider. ALthough there is barely any instability at maximum braking.
Front Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)
Rear Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)
60-0 MPH (feet)
While comparing the braking quality of Mercedes Benz C-Class with others in the class, it does not look good. While Jaguar XE takes 123 ft, Audi A4 takes 105 ft and BMW 3-series takes 123 ft to come to 0 from 60 mph, our Mercedes lags the ground with 131 ft.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Fuel Economy
Of all the powertrains that the 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class offers, the standard turbo-4;s is the most efficient. The basic C300 sedan provides a mileage of 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and combined of 27 mpg. With all-wheel drive, the numbers fall to 23/32/26 mpg.
Comparing to its rival, fuel economy would be something in the middle of the stack. While Jaguar XE and the 2017 Audi A4 give lower mileage of 25 and 27 mpg respectively, BMW 3-Series stand side by side with Mercedes on 24 mpg (for city). Things are pretty much in the same position when it come to highway and the combined mileage.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Interior
"Mercedes-Benz has made strides in materials quality and size with its C-Class just make sure you sit in front." -The Car Connection
Seating and Comfort
Even though the C-Class is considered to be entry-level luxury vehicle, the materials used and sturdy construction exceed expectations. The room available in the front seats are spacious enough for taller adults that they don't feel confined when cockpit is wrapped around them.
The long doors allow easy access to the front seats. The rear seat access is impeded with the top up, and the front seats take a while to move forward.
Front Head Room (in)
Front Leg Room (in)
Front Shoulder Room (in)
Second Head Room (in)
Second Leg Room (in)
Second Shoulder Room (in)
Cockpit has been redesigned to simple and elegant layout by limiting the number of buttons to the essential functions. But this has lead to reaching out to the secondary controls with some digging and thus making the menu structure take some time to become familiar with.
Optional Open-Pore Anthracite Oak Wood Trim
Full suite of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Drive systems.
Optional 10.25 inch screen for the dash
Multicontour Seat Package - individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar supports, plus air chambers under the fabric that provide a massaging effect.
Standard with FrontBass audio system, 7" freestanding screen and the bluetooth audio streaming makes the ride in Mercedes C-Class not only comforting but also entertaining. Two USB ports, SD card reader, hands-free Bluetooth interface using voice are all available in the base model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as optional features.
Although cargo space for Mercedes Benz C-Class is adequate to something bigger that Carry-on luggage. All the C-Class comes standard with 40/20/40 split folding rear seats along with a power trunk lid.
Trunk Volume (ft3)
Jaguar XE here also leads the pack with trunk volume of 14.7 cubic ft. followed by Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series with 13 cubic ft of trunk volume. Mercedes Benz C-Class has about 1.1 cubic ft of volume less than that of Jaguar XE.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Exterior
"The C-Class is a knockout in any guise but we're always partial to the coupe." -The Car Connection
Dimension and Weight
The 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class is on the heavier side in its class. It is about 150 pounds heavier than 2017 Audi A4. It is the tallest amongst its rivals which gives it a strong stance. Offered with a multi-beam LED set-up for enhanced night time visibility.
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
Track Width, Front (in)
Track Width, Rear (in)
Multiple body styles on offer : Sedan, Wagon, Coupe
New taillights and headlights
Diamond Radiator Grille as standard on the AMG Line
Larger side intake in the Front Bumper
Includes multi-beam LED headlight feature
Silver and Chrome trim
New 17-inch Wheel Drive
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Safety
Safety features include:
Child safety seat accommodation
Advanced safety features are appropriately sensitive, not triggering false alarm.
Rearview camera and driver knee airbag are available in all models.
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
Optional adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, and active lane control systems.
Surround view cameras, active park assist, and a head-up display are also on the option list
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Competition
The new 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class is costlier than the Jaguar XE, but doesn't stand to it. From power to fuel economy to trunk volume, Jaguar is either leads the class of is very much close to its rival. All these clearly makes a huge ground for the new in market, Jaguar XE.
The higher price of Mercedes Benz C-Class is completely justified by the the features it has to provide. With the luxury from Mercedes to the powerful engine of 241 hp compared to that of 190 hp, Mercedes should always be the preferred when these two in question.
With comparable starting price of both the Mercedes Benz C-Class and that of BMW 3-Series, BMW does not stand up to it. Reputation of BMW, its efficiency and a delight to drive are what stands in front of powerful engine, comfort and a seriously upmarket image.
Although all the cars have a lot to offer and would be a worthwhile buy, the Jaguar XE has to offer better features than any others. Mercedes is for comfort, so Audi and BMW are for their efficiency.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Final Verdict
When it comes to the luxury in compact sedans, C-Class is pretty much the benchmark. With great comfort, advanced infotainment system and pretty impressive on the engine with 241hp power, this car could definitely be the next option for anyone looking in this segment of cars.
But when comparing to the rivals in this segment of cars, Jaguar XE surely is the winner. Starting from price to the all the extra features that come along with Jaguar XE outways the comfort and upmarket image it contains. So if you are not a German car die-hard fan and flexible with British cars, make sure to look out to Jaguar XE when comparing to Mercedes Benz C-Class.