The 2015 Mercedes C class lineup delivers traditional Mercedes luxury, yet in a sleek, streamlined package with a price tag that won’t break the bank, as does its full-size cousins in the S-class. With a base price starting in the high 30s for the C300, and in the low 40s for the C400, this Mercedes will provide champagne luxury on a craft beer budget.
It is also a good choice for city drivers, who need a smaller car to fit into tight parking spots.
Both the C300 and the C400 offer a seven-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive. The C300 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 242-horsepower engine. The C400 has a twin-turbocharged powerplant with 329 horses under its hood.
Therein, however, lies the rub. Reviewers have knocked the vehicle for the turbo boost’s slow time to kick in during times when an instant burst of speed is needed, such as blending into a rapidly oncoming lane of unforgiving traffic. Yet is not a long wait, for at least the C400 can go from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds.
The 2015 class of C-class Mercedes cars do best on the open road. For its size and luxury status, the car can get quite a few miles to the gallon 29 mpg on the highway and 21 in the city.
For long trips, the 2015 C-class Mercedes cars have folding split rear seats. With a fuel capacity of 18 gallons, the car can get more than a few miles under its belt before it has to take a break. Its trunk capacity is not, however, one of its best qualities, with only 13 cubic feet of storage. Passengers, however, are cradled in leather, wood, and luxury lighting, with an ample amount of leg and headroom. Its sound system is excellent and the entertainment only starts there. With a multimedia package upgrade, passengers can enjoy an 8.4-inch screen with high resolution that offers a plethora of entertainment and information selections. You can navigate your way through the system using a touchpad at the top of the screen.
Safety, the hallmark of the Mercedes brand, goes upscale in its optional safety package. It has a feature that creates a buzzing feel when a driver veers close to crossing the lines in her or his lane.
With its size and price an appealing choice for middle-class families looking for more luxury and safety features than the average car in their class, the Mercedes C-class cars deliver solid value to consumers who want both a decent price and quality in the same vehicle.