The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a mid-size luxury sedan that is now in its fourth generation. It succeeded the old 190 Series of Mercedes-Benz sedans. It’s available as a coupe, convertible, sedan, and even a wagon in some markets. The latest generation C-Class sedan, code-named the W205, is Mercedes first car to utilize the modular rear architecture, allowing it to be the starting point for crossovers like the GLC. The platform is supposed to be lighter through the use of aluminum.

Base C-Class models are rear-wheel-drive, while all-wheel-drive is available. All cars feature a nine-speed-automatic, though different models have faster gear changes. The range-topping C 63 models feature hand-built V8 engines that make tons of power.

The C-Class is one of Mercedes’ most popular model and it features styling and features borrowed from best Mercedes’ money can buy: the S-Class. It features a long hood and short deck, and the interior is among the best in the class, with tasteful trim and large high-tech screens.

The C-Class is such a volume seller in the Mercedes-Benz lineup that it is made in four different plants around the world. The C-Class is made in Bremen, Germany; East London, South Africa; Tuscaloosa, USA; and Beijing, China.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specs

Mercedes-Benz C 300 Specs

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan (Euro spec)

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder
Horsepower: 255
Torque: 273 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive, optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy (MPG): 23 city, 34 highway, 27 combined (4MATIC: 22/33/26)
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 12.6 cubic feet


Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG Specs

Engine: 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder
Horsepower: 385 hp
Torque: 384 lb-ft
Drivetrain: AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system (31% front/69% rear)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
0-60 MPH: 4.5 seconds
Fuel Economy (MPG): 19 city, 27 highway, 22 combined
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 12.6 cubic feet


Mercedes-AMG C 63 Specs

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé;

Engine: Handcrafted 4.0-liter turbo 8-cylinder
Horsepower: 496 hp (503 hp in C 63 S AMG)
Torque: 479 lb-ft (516 lb-ft in C 63 S AMG)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
0-60 MPH: 3.9 seconds (3.8 in C 63 S AMG)
Fuel Economy (MPG): 18 city, 27 highway, 21 combined
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 12.6 cubic feet

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Economy

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan (Euro spec)

The entire C-Class family has been tested and rated for the EPA fuel economy tests. The rear wheel drive C 300 earns 23 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway and 27 MPG combined, while the all-wheel-drive version drops a single MPG in each measurement (22 city, 33 highway, 26 combined).

The C 43 AMG is only available with all-wheel-drive and earns 19 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway and 22 MPG combined. The high-horsepower V8 C63 and C63 S AMG earn one less MPG in the city and combined ratings in comparison to the C 43 with 18 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway and 21 MPG combined.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety Rating

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan (Euro spec)

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been tested by the IIHS and was given a Top Safety Pick + rating, which is the highest score a vehicle can earn. It earns top marks across the board, including crashworthiness in all the overlap tests, side crash test, and roof crash test. It also scored perfectly in regards to its headlights, although the standard headlights were criticized for causing a bit of glare and lacking curve adaptive features and high beam assist. The C-Class also earns the Superior grade for its crash prevention systems. Finally, the IIHS dubs the LATCH Anchors to be easy to use, making the C-Class a solid choice for parents.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan (Euro spec)

A luxury car first and foremost, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sports a lot of standard equipment. The car comes with a 7-inch infotainment system and drive mode selector to spice up your driving experience. There’s also an engine start/stop system to help save fuel, a power sunroof, push-button ignition, rearview camera and folding rear seats with a 40/20/40 split. In terms of safety equipment, it comes with an attention assist and active brake assist in addition to Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system, which monitors the driving conditions to determine if a collision is occurring and will prepare the cabin for maximum safety.

 

The more powerful, six-cylinder C 43 adds to that feature set with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment, as well as bigger wheels. The AWD system that the C 43 uses is sporty, sending 69 percent of the power to the rear wheels. The car also features a ride control system to provide a sportier or more comfortable ride.  

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C 63 and C 63 S AMG come with an even more powerful engine, a turbocharged V8, and all the sporty accompaniments you can expect. It has a unique AMG grille and exhaust, special steering, a bigger infotainment system (10.25 inches) more drive modes, a nine-mode traction control system and an electronically controlled limited slip differential. If it helps the car go faster, it’s probably on the C 63.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing

All Mercedes-Benz C-Classes feature a $995 destination and delivery fee. The rear-wheel-drive C300 starts at $41,400, while the rear-wheel drive model starts at $43,400. There are a great number of additional extras you can add to a C 300, including colorful paint, which can cost anywhere between $720 to $1,515. Wheels can also be picked from a selection ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches, setting you back anywhere between $500 to $850 depending on your choice. There are a few exterior option packages like the $2,000 AMG Line, which features AMG body styling, 18-inch AMG wheels, sport suspension and steering, and some AMG interior appointments as well. There’s also a $2,300 AMG Line w/Night Package option, which features the same equipment as the AMG line but with black accents. Additionally, you can get a $900 exterior lighting package that adds the adaptive high beam assistance and upgraded headlights.

In terms of the interior, the C-Class can be equipped with MB-Tex or buyers can opt for $1,950 leather upholstery. There are a few standalone interior options like heated front seats ($580), heated and ventilated front seats ($1,030), ambient lighting ($310), power rear window sunshade ($440), an MB-Tex trimmed dashboard ($350) and a heated steering wheel ($250.) There are two convenience packages: the $1,600 Premium package and the $2,600 multimedia package. The Premium package adds features like keyless go, blind spot assistance and an electronic trunk closing mechanism, while the multimedia package upgrades the infotainment system to the more fully featured 10.25-inch screen.

There are a number of extra options you can add to the C-Class including a panoramic roof ($1,000) an upgraded Burmester sound system ($850) and a head-up display ($990). There are two safety and assistance packages: the $1,090 Parking assistance package (which adds active parking assist, surround view camera and rear cross-traffic alert) and the $2,250 Driver Assistance Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, and active braking functions as well. Finally, you can also add a number of service plans for your Mercedes-Benz. 

The all-wheel-drive C43 AMG sedan starts at $55,250. It includes the AMG line exterior and interior equipment, but there are special AMG add-ons that you can opt for including Carbon Fiber trim ($975), AMG wheels with special materials ($500 and $700) and AMG Performance bucket seats ($2,500). The C 43 comes with the premium package but still offers the multimedia package, and also offers the same driver’s assistance and safety packages as the C300, with the only difference being that the Driver Assistance Package is $1,800.

The V8-powered C 63 and C 63 S AMG start at $67,000 and $74,600 respectively. It too features the AMG line as standard equipment and can be had with a number of unique stylish upgrades like $2,590 leather seats with stitched accents, AMG Carbon Fiber trim and Silver Fiberglass interior trim ($975), There’s also a special C 63 feature called the AMG Drive Unit, which puts the drive mode selector on the steering wheel. The rest of the option packages are the same as the C 43.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competitors

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competes with other entry-level, compact luxury sport sedans like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, Cadillac ATS, Jaguar XE, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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Future Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plans

The C-Class last received a refresh in 2018 so a next-generation model should be expected in just a few years. Many think that the new C-Class will debut in 2020 as a 2021 model-year vehicle. It will feature a sporty new design and fancy technology including the MBUX infotainment system that comes with a personal assistant, kind of like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. The automaker has been utilizing more hybrid technology, so the new C-Class will likely use a new mild hybrid system and perhaps even pack the new inline-six-cylinder engine.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Review

By Benjamin Hunting

Sometimes, to help tame the beast you must first sharpen its claws.

So it goes with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S, a full-fledged family of monsters wrapped in a golden fleece that does little to mask the sheer brutality of their twin-turbo output. Rather than dial back any aspect of the C63’s formidable character, AMG has instead elected to digitally parse its power by way of a host of high-tech helpers that secure its purchase on terra firma more effectively than in the previous model.

Getting Back On Track

What better place to sample the increased agility and channeled ferocity of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S than the undulating black licorice bubble tape that is the Bilster Berg Drive Resort. Designed by F1 darling Hermann Tilke and laid out over the bones of a repurposed British ammunition depot, Bilster Berg is both quick and challenging thanks to its 2.7 miles of blind corners and rollercoaster dips, and yet still friendly enough to egg drivers on for ‘just one more lap.’

Eager to take another crack at Bilster Berg after having previously sampled it in the svelter AMG GT R, I was also curious to see how the enhancements made to the C63’s already-extensive road course-conquering kit would handle this type of exacting test.

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Fresh and Familiar

Known for emphasizing sheer muscle over outright finesse, the Mercedes-AMG C63 remains an interesting mix of a throwback (V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, raucous dynamics) and progressive (twin-turbos, advanced driving mode electronics) elements. What changes for 2019 is a renewed focus on assisting the driver in harnessing the full potential of the car’s explosive drivetrain.

With a choice of either 469 horsepower (base) or 503 horsepower (S) editions, and featuring up to 516 lb-ft of torque at a modest 2,000 rpm, you can bet that AMG’s engineering team had its hands full trying to build a corral out of ones and zeros. The two most intriguing elements from a performance perspective are the AMG Dynamics system and the revised AMG Traction Control program.

The former is available across the entire lineup and is linked to the vehicle’s various driving modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and for the C63 S, Race). In an unusual about-face, AMG Dynamics harnesses the sensors feeding the vehicle’s electronic stability control program to predict driver behavior rather than react to situations as they occur in real-time, in a bid to remain transparent to the pilot. The system itself has three settings in the C63 – Basic, Advanced, Pro – and one more in the C63 S (Master, which is attached to Race mode), each allowing for increasingly wider limits on yaw and steering angle.

The AMG Traction Control systems – S only – is less of a black box, providing a dial on the steering wheel that allows for more or less intervention from this specific nanny, according to the driver’s desire. There are nine gradients of TC in total, ranging from slip-and-slide to full-on opposite-lock shenanigans.

Mixed Electronic Bag

How well does this electronic wizardry work? On the street, I found it impossible to trip up the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, even when deliberately attempting to break traction or slide the car’s posterior through abrupt steering and throttle inputs. On the track, however, there were several instances in Sport and Sport+ modes where AMG Dynamics appeared somewhat befuddled by Bilster Berg’s sinuous trajectory, even going so far as to trigger the car’s emergency response system (flashers on, AC off, throttle impeded) after significant g-load entering the high-speed back straight from the circuit’s downhill esses.

Still, in Race mode, I found the ability to dial in more or less traction control to be quite effective at tailoring the tail-happiness of the car to my own personal comfort level. It’s a system that compares favorably to the almost-identical setup found in the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, which is saying a lot considering the ample price gap between the models.

Two More Gears

Although the C63’s new computer code plays a major role in shaping its personality, it has also received a number of mechanical upgrades, including a new electronically-controlled limited-slip rear differential, and access to Mercedes-Benz’s 9-speed automatic gearbox. With a wet clutch replacing the torque converter, AMG claims that the unit is quicker off of the line – and a 3.9-second sprint to 60-mph for the S certainly concurs.

The transmission’s ‘skip-shift’ capability also allows the car to ‘burst’ forward by jumping from top gear immediately to, say, third. This can make for startling surges in speed, but it’s also occasionally difficult to modulate in normal driving, particularly with the throttle twitched-up in Sport+ mode. An adaptive suspension system and a splendiferous exhaust note continue to be part of the C63’s list of standard features.

Worthy Updates

Available in coupe, sedan, cabriolet, and (everywhere but North America) wagon body styles, the refreshed and re-styled 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S continue to warm the hearts of hooligans with deep pockets and an unlimited tire budget.

Easy on the eyes, and featuring an interior that is several steps above that of the more staid BMW M3/M4, the C63 is easy to drive on a daily basis providing you don’t mind the additional fuel stops required by its mega-motor (and can afford a predicted price tag in the neighborhood of just under $70k).

The Verdict: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Review

As a straight-line brawler, there’s nothing in its class – including the quicker, but less boisterous Audi RS5 – that can match the sound und fury of its all-out acceleration. As a track toy, its weight and the sheer level of electronic separation from the driving experience make it more of a fantastic plaything than a serious racer. Then again, for a generation of young, moneyed professionals raised on video games and eager to get their hands on that first step into the near-supercar realm, the C63 offers excellent replay value.

Detailed Specs

Engine / 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (base engine)
Horsepower / 255
Torque / 273 lb-ft
Drivetrain / Rear-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive
Transmission / 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy (MPG) / 23 city, 34 highway, 27 combined (4MATIC: 22/33/26)
Seating Capacity / 5
Cargo Capacity / 12.6 cubic feet

Our Final Verdict

The Mercedes C-Class has been leading the segment with its luxurious interior and savage high-performance AMG models. We are excited for the C-Class to get updated with the excellent MBUX infotainment system because that will truly elevate it once again to the top of its class. Until then, the C-Class remains an excellent choice for drivers wanting luxury and great driving dynamics.

4.7