2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

A German luxury saloon with three-star emblem, a luxuriously appointed interior, a ride quality as soothing as a warm bath and supple but strong powertrain. All in a small footprint that’s actually manageable within the city, yes we are talking about the Mercedes Benz C Class. Of course, a byproduct of small size is a smaller impact on balance sheet – 2018 Mercedes Benz C Class starts at $40,250.

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Pros

Number of optional features available

World class comfort while driving and as passenger

Best handling C- class

Cons

No 6 cylinder engine option

Tight Rear Seats

Cargo space is less compared to its rivals

What's New?

Horsepower of 255-hp in the base model.

A new C 350e plug-in hybrid joins the lineup.


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Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan in Black color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan in Diamond Silver Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan in Iridium Silver Metallic color
Black

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.1

Safety

8.3

Comfort

7.4

Driving

8.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C 300

C 300

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

$40,250 - $42,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $40,250 MSRP (24/27/33) 241 hp @ 5550 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
C 300 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $42,250 MSRP (23/26/32) 241 hp @ 5550 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.9

Overall Rating


As the Mercedes says, completely new models not named G-class will feature smooth, creaseless bodies created to be "beautiful, pure forms . The interiors continue to be the most luxurious cabins in the market. While the C class isn 't due for an all-new replacement for a few more years, this mid-cycle update brings some notable changes.

One thing that the customers are sure to notice is the price that the new 2018 C-Class has raised when compared to the last year 2017 model. But the new model more than make up for the price difference with an abundance of new convenient and performance features. With available in three different looks- Sedan, Coupe and the convertible, customers are sure to have a lot of options in hand.

Though the 2018 Mercedes C-Class makes up the price when compared to 2017 model, but it sure lacks the making up when it comes to the rivals in this segment. The British 2018 Jaguar XE provides a very strong competition with more added features available in the car.


8.1/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 

8.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Features

8.1/10

The 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class is available from the starting price of $40,250 with standard features and optional features available at extra cost.

Model

C Class Sedan

Starting MSRP

$40,250

Features

Brake HOLD feature
 

40/20/40 split-folding rear seats

   Pre-Entry Climate Control
   Remote opening and closing of windows and sunroof
   Power Front Seats with driver seat memory
   Entrance lamps in doors
   HomeLink garage door opener
   Illuminated entry system
   Dual-zone automatic climate control
  KEYLESS-START
   Power-folding side mirrors

 

The 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class comes in three body styles: sedan, coupe and convertible (Cabriolet). All the three variants are available in five trim levels: base C300, C300 4Matic (all-wheel drive), AMG C43, AMG C63 and AMG C63 S. The sedan also gets a plug-in hybrid variant called the C350e. Most C-Class comes with the same standard features and equipments, except for the high-horsepower engines and sport-tuned components in the AMG models.

We recommend

With the powerful 4.0-L turbo V8, we certainly will go for AMG C63 S, but it is nearly the double the price of the base C-Class. With a decent power, an elegant interior, and a lots of available options via package or stand-alone items, going with standard C300 id a fine choice. But if still not sold, more power with more equipment (and without the high price of C63's high entry cost) and in the middle ground comes the AMG C43.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Engine

8.1/10

Under the hood lies a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine that delivers 241-horsepower, combined with a new 9-Speed Automatic and rear- or all-wheel drive are the source for the power of the basic C300. The Mercedes-AMG C43 antes up with a 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. With its 9-speed automatic, along with AMG-tuned suspension and driver selectable settings make it an everyday thriller to drive. Model C63 is included with a twin-turbo V8 providing a horsepower of up-to 503 hp.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

Starting MSRP

$40,250

$35,725

$36,000

$39,900

Engine Type

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Power (hp)

241

247

190

180

Torque (lb-ft)

273

269

236

200

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 2018 Jaguar XE providing 247 hp, 6 hp more than that of Mercedes Benz C-Class. All other cars in the same class including 2018 Audi A4 and 2018 BMW 3-Series are nowhere even near to it with 190 hp and 180 hp power respectively.

Acceleration

The 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class comes with three variants of engine, each providing a horsepower of 241 hp, 362 hp and 503 hp. These three engines hit the 60 mph in about 6.2 sec, 5 sec and 4.0 sec respectively. Although when you first start the car, it is surprising to hear and feel a four-cylinder humming in such a plush and expensive car, but as you cover some ground, it becomes clear that the power is ample and that turbo lag is near imperceptible.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

0-60 MPH

6.2 seconds

6.0 seconds

6.8 seconds

7.1 seconds

Quarter Mile

14.7 seconds

14.7 seconds

15.2 seconds

15.7 seconds

Engine Displacement

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

But when it comes to comparing the new Mercedes with its rivals, it is only second to 2018 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 sec for 2018 Audi A4 and 7.1 sec for 2018 BMW 3-Series.

Handling and Steering

There was a time when cars like BMW 3-Series and Cadillac ATS owned the ground when it came to handling. But the new Mercedes Benz C-Class has made up its own ground. Its electric variable ratio-steering gives precise feel and real feedback, and has a quick ratio. Through all its models, the air suspension delivers a smooth and comfortable ride without much body lean, which keeps the car flat even in very tight corners.

Braking

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, 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class is completely reliable stock when it comes to braking. It takes 2018 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.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

Front Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

13

13.8

12.4

12.3

Disc-Front

Yes

yes

Yes

Yes

Disc-Rear

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

11.8

12.8

11.8

11.8

60-0 MPH (feet)

131

123

105

123

While comparing the braking quality of Mercedes Benz C-Class with others in the class, it does not look good. While 2018 Jaguar XE takes 123 ft, 2018 Audi A4 takes 105 ft and 2018 BMW 3-series takes 123 ft to come to 0 from 60 mph, our Mercedes lags the ground with 131 ft.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Of all the powertrains that the 2018 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.
Step into the heavy AMG models and the mileage drops to about 20/27/23 mpg for C43 sedans and 17/23/17 mpg for AMG C63 S sedans.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

City (MPG)

24

25

27

24

Highway (MPG)

33

34

37

34

Combined (MPG)

27

28

31

27

Comparing to its rival, fuel economy would be something in the middle of the stack. While 2018 Jaguar XE and the 2018 Audi A4 give lower mileage of 25 and 27 mpg respectively, 2018 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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Interior

7.5/10

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.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Head Room (in)

40.9

37.0

38.9

40.3

Front Leg Room (in)

41.7

41.5

41.3

42

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3

56.8

55.9

55.1

Second Head Room (in)

37.1

37.0

37.4

37.7

Second Leg Room (in)

35.2

35.0

35.7

35.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55

54.7

54.5

55.1

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.

Interior Features

  • Optional Open-Pore Anthracite Oak Wood Trim
  • Full suite of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Drive systems.
  • Saddle Brown Upholstery for the AMG line.
  • 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.

Infotainment

Mercedes Benz C-Class comes with COMAND infotainment system which scores points for feature content but comes up short when it comes to usability. The trace pad interface that hovers over the main rotary controller is especially challenging to get accustomed to.

Voice recognition is quite accurate, even with the top down at highway speeds. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all available as standard.

Cargo

Although cargo space for Mercedes Benz C-Class is adequate to something bigger that Carry-on luggage but when it comes to convertible model, it's trunk is a bit small and might occupy the rear seats to fill in the luggage.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

Trunk Volume (ft3)

12.6

14.7

13

13

2018 Jaguar XE here also leads the pack with trunk volume of 14.7 ft followed by 2018 Audi A4 and 2018 BMW 3-Series with 13 ft of trunk volume. Mercedes Benz C-Class has about 1.1 ft of volume less than that of Jaguar XE.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Exterior

8.1/10

The 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class is on the heavier side in its class. It is about 150 pounds heavier than 2018 Audi A4. It is the tallest amongst its rivals which gives it a strong stance. Offered with a multibeam LED set-up for enhanced night time visibility.

Model

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

Length (in)

184.5

183.9

186.1

182.5

Width (in)

71.3

72.8

72.5

71.3

Height (in)

56.8

55.8

56.2

56.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

111.6

111

110.6

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3594

3395

3450

3295

Track Width, Front (in)

61.5

62.8

61.9

60.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.9

62.4

61.2

61.9

Exterior Features

  • 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 multibeam LED headlight feature
  • Silver and Chrome trim
  • New 17-inch Wheel Drive

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Safety

8.3/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the nonprofit, independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluate vehicles for crashworthiness in the United States. NHTSA assigns cars an overall rating out of five stars. IIHS uses a different set of tests, grades cars on a scale of Good to Poor, and awards the vehicles that perform best across its tests with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ honors, the latter of which requires that the subject's automated forward-collision-braking system performs well.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Competition

2018 Jaguar XE

The new 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class is costlier than the 2018 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, 2018 Jaguar XE.

2018 Audi A4

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.

2018 BMW 3-Series

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 engie, 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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Final Verdict

When it comes to the luxury in compact sedans, C-Class is pretty much the benchmark. Power hungry drivers have three AMG models to pick from, including the highly recommended AMG C43. Just to avoid the complex infotainment menus and confusing controls for basic media operations, just make sure you add the newly available smartphone integration to you C-Class.

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 2018 Mercedes Benz C-Class.