2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Mercedes-Benz C 300 Base include 2.0L I-4 241hp intercooled turbo engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, BabySmart airbag childseat sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, Crosswind Assist electronic stability.

2018 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class Sedan

Starting at: $40,250

  • Manufacturer Offer

    LEASE $399/mo for 36 months $4,223 due at signing on the 2018 C 350e Plug-in Hybrid

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    Applies to select new 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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    • Available only to qualified customers through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services at participating dealers through July 02, 2018. Not everyone will qualify. Advertised 36 months lease payment based on MSRP of $50,145 less the suggested dealer contribution resulting in a total gross capitalized cost of $48,366. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect your actual lease payment. Includes Destination Charge, Premium 1 Package and Blind Spot Assist. Excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, dealer prep and additional options. Total monthly payments equal $14,364. Cash due at signing includes $3,029 capitalized cost reduction, $795 acquisition fee and first month’s lease payment of $399. No security deposit required. Total payments equal $18,188. At lease end, lessee pays for any amounts due under the lease, any official fees and taxes related to the scheduled termination, excess wear and use plus $0.25/mile over 30,000 miles, and $595 vehicle turn-in fee. Purchase option at lease end for $27,580 plus taxes (and any other fees and charges due under the applicable lease agreement) in example shown. Subject to credit approval. Specific vehicles are subject to availability and may have to be ordered. See participating dealer for details. Please always wear your seat belt, drive safely and obey speed limits. Special lease rates may not be reflected in lease calculator prices shown on MBUSA.com. Please see your dealer for final pricing. Special lease rates may not be reflected in prices shown on MBUSA.com. Please see your dealer for final pricing. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Head restraints memory
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - Homelink
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Premium audio system - COMAND
  • Radio data system
  • Weather band radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 5
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - mbrace Mobile Application
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 241hp @ 5,550RPM
  • Engine torque - 273 lb.-ft. @ 1,300RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 83.1mm x 91.9mm (3.27" x 3.62")
  • Compression ratio - 9.80 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,686mm (184.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,811mm (71.3")
  • Exterior height - 1,443mm (56.8")
  • Wheelbase - 2,840mm (111.8")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • Rear legroom - 894mm (35.2")
  • Front headroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,498L (88.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 357 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 357 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 241hp @ 5,550RPM
  • Torque - 273 lb.-ft. @ 1,300RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - TouchShift
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 27mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Childseat sensing airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/50HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/50HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
C 300 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C 300 Search New $40,250   241-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  No Data  
C 300 4MATIC 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C 300 4MATIC Search New $42,250   241-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  23 / 32  
C 350e 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C 350e Search New $47,900   208-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  7-spd auto  No Data  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The C300 offers sharp handling, and the four-cylinder turbo feels wonderful, whizzing to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, according to Mercedes. Turbo boost is almost instantly available, and it’s strong throughout its full range. Power is rated at 241 hp and 273 foot-pounds of torque.

The C350e adds a 60kW electric motor for a massive increase in torque to 443 foot-pounds, allowing it to accelerate as quickly as the C300.

The potent AMG C43 uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 362 horsepower and 382 pound-feet of torque. It’s strong and willing in any gear or at any rpm, able to accelerate to 60 in 4.9 seconds. The exhaust note is muted and pleasant, joined in the cabin by induction sounds to provide that familiar AMG whuffle.

A snarling 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powers the C63. It makes 469 horsepower and 479 kick-in-the-butt pound-feet of torque. It’s not as mental as the masterpiece motor in the Cadillac ATS-V, or as clinical and tactical as the BMW M3 and M4, but it’s the envy of every other enthusiast. It comes only with tire-smoking rear-wheel drive.

The engine in the S version of the C63 is tuned to make 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. If we called the C63 motor mental, then this one is mentally insane.

AMG versions use a different steering geometry for sharper cornering, bigger brakes, adjustable dampers to better control the ride, and torque vectoring at the rear. The standard all-wheel-drive system provides 31/69 front/rear bias. The transmission has five modes, including manual, rev-matching, and sport exhaust. With the 18-inch staggered wheels (19-inch available), the AMGs not only handle more crisply than the regular models, but also better than the competition from BMW.

Walk Around

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The lines of the C-Class sedan are graceful, and the coupe is a knockout. The lines are also deceiving, as the sedan looks bigger than it is, easily mistaken for the flagship S-Class, despite a profile that’s all its own.

It’s 184.5 inches long, on a wheelbase of 111.8 inches, and 71.3 inches wide. The Cabriolet (convertible) is also gorgeous.

The C-Class grille is upright and the headlamps are intricate, with LED brows, or optional all-LED. Big flared air intakes. Flared front fenders with sleek creases on the hood. The rear has soft, rounded lines, pleasant.

AMG models are all hotted up, with a more aggressive nose, spoiler on the deck, black trim glitz, and red seatbelts.

Interior Overview

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The C-Class cabin strives for S-Class quality, noticeable in the executive luxury door panels, inlaid. Some woods look better than others: The open-pore black ash is stunning. The wide centerstack flows like a waterfall, in wither wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber. The lines wrap around the cabin.

The power front seats are spacious and have an excellent shape, with extendable bolsters for thighs, and good back support.

The rear seat and its entry are compromised by the low roofline. Comfort for six-footers will be adequate on long drives, although lacking in knee room. The rear seat easily flops flat for longer cargo.

A 7.0-inch screen is standard, with an 8.4-inch screen available and standard on some models. The COMAND interface with its new capacitive touchpad controller needs patience and understanding. After a full day it still confounded us. It looks like a round smartphone mounted at an angle, and brings Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM, and USB together, using voice commands and touch control. The system is a haptic mess. Scrolling isn’t as smooth as a phone, and its menu management makes BMW’s iDrive feel streamlined, and Audi’s MMI feel especially effective.

The AMG C43 has grippy suede sport seats with more bolstering. They’re extremely comfortable, looking at the gauges through the three-spoke flat-bottom Nappa leather steering wheel. The seatbelts don’t have to be red; black and silver are available too. You can order it with no badging except for the Benz emblem.

The sleek roofline takes up some trunk space, with just 12.6 cubic feet in the sedan, 10.0 in the coupe, or 8.8 with the convertible.

Summary

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Every C-Class has graceful and striking looks, with quality interior trim, sharp handling and a wide range of powertrains. The standard 2.0 turbo in the C300 is smooth and powerful, and it gets better (and more expensive) from there.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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2018 C-Class models come in three body styles: C300 Sedan ($40,250); C300 Coupe ($43,200), and C300 Cabriolet ($51,200) come standard with vinyl upholstery, cruise control, keyless ignition, rearview camera, COMAND interface with capacitive touchpad and a 7.0-inch display. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The 4MATIC versions include all-wheel drive, among them the C300 4MATIC sedan ($42,250), C300 4MATIC Coupe ($45,200), C300 4MATIC Cabriolet ($53,200).

The C350e Plug-in Hybrid Sedan ($47,900) uses a hybrid gas-electric powertrain.

Options include leather, navigation, power passenger seat, LED headlamps, fragrance dispenser, panoramic sunroof, head-up display, hands-free trunk closer, a Sport Package with AMG bodywork; AMG Performance sport seats; AMG wheels; sports suspension.

AMG versions come in sedan, coupe and cabriolet versions and feature high-performance engines, among them the AMG C43 Sedan ($53,400), AMG C63 Sedan ($66,100), and AMG C63 S Sedan ($73,700).

Safety equipment includes a rearview camera, pelvis airbags in front, a new window airbag, side airbags in the rear, and driver knee airbag.

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