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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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$38,400

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

180.7” x 54.8”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Excellent cabin materials in sedan
  • Strong acceleration in C300 or C400
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Generous standard safety features
  • Well-executed folding backseat
  • Improved brake-pedal feel

The bad:

  • Somewhat numb steering
  • Backseat still low to the floor
  • Backup camera should be standard
  • Air suspension brings little difference in ride quality
  • Aesthetics of console-mounted display screen

11 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Sedan redesigned for 2015
  • Turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines
  • Rear-or all-wheel drive
  • Available air suspension
  • Coupe versions carry over from previous generation

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is seeing some big changes for 2015, including a jump in size, new powertrains and a host of high-tech safety features. The sedan also gets a new home this year; the current model is imported from Europe, but the 2015 C-Class will be built at Mercedes’ plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.Exterior A longer hood, shorter overhangs and heavily sculpted lines give the sedan a more muscular character for 2015. Sport and Luxury versions return, each with a unique face. Similar to like last year’s car, Sports features an aggressive-looking two-slat grille and a large three-point star. Luxury trims wear a three-slat grille and a smaller, more understated star. Each has a specific bumper. Both versions feature LED head and taillights.

The C-Class is 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider this year. Despite the gains in size, it’s actually considerably lighter than the outgoing version. The new model’s body is composed of much more aluminum than the old version, chopping its weight by around 220 pounds.

No word yet on when and if coupe and wagon versions will return to the C-Class lineup.Interior“High class” is how Mercedes describes the 2015 C-Class’ cabin. Luxurious real metal and wood materials, along with a more elegant looking design, certainly fit the bill. Highlights of the redesigned interior include more shapely contours and larger circular air vents; a tabletlike screen similar to what’s in the new CLA is front and center, displaying navigation and multimedia information. It’s available in two sizes: 7 or 8.4 inches, depending on the multimedia package.

Also new are a head-up display and a touchpad; the latter sits above the Comand system’s control knob. To make room for the new touchpad, the transmission shifter moves from the center console to the steering column. Mercedes says the touchpad permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting in any language.
The 2015 C-Class uses the next generation of Mercedes’ multimedia system, which features “elaborate animations and visual effects,” according to a statement. The sedan also uses mbrace2, the brand’s app integration system; drivers can select more than 20 apps that are compatible with the Comand system.

The added wheelbase length translates into additional passenger space for 2015, with rear passengers benefiting the most from additional legroom. Mercedes says cargo room has also grown in the new generation.

“Out there” options include a GPS-sensitive climate control system that detects tunnels and switches the climate system to air recirculation mode to prevent fumes from entering the cabin. Another is the Air-Balance system that dispenses perfume into the cabin to mask odors.Under the HoodTwo powertrains will be available: the C300 4Matic uses a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; the C400 4Matic gets power from a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. The seven-speed automatic transmission returns. Both cars will launch with all-wheel drive; rear-wheel-drive sedans will be available after launch.

A new multilink front suspension replaces the outgoing C-Class’ strut setup; also newly optional is Mercedes’ Airmatic adaptive setup that allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport-Plus suspension modes.Safety FeaturesLike the S-Class, the C-Class will be available with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including lane departure warning and prevention systems, cross-traffic pedestrian sensing, forward collision sensing with automatic braking, rear seatbelt airbags and rear collision injury mitigation.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

Cons outweighs Pros

Pros: It's a looker inside out for something that was purchased <$30K used with 40k miles. Surprisingly sporty without compromising comfort. Prestige that comes with the brand. Burmester system looks and sounds amazing. Cons: I took mine to an independent Mercedes specialist for service and repairs since "Service A" which is basically an oil change costs upwards of $300 for a 4 cylinder at dealerships. C300 4Matic sport pack comes with the unnecessary staggered tires. Mercedes interior creak is a real thing. interior looks very expensive, just don't touch anything. This was my daily driver and I put about 30k miles annually. PCV failed at ~60k miles. This seems to be a common issue with early W205's. At 70k miles, AC compressor failed. These 2 repairs alone cost me approx. $4k. At ~85k miles transmission started slipping, so I had to let her go. I know Mercedes are not cheap to maintain, but reliability does not allow me to enjoy the car without worry.

1.0

Buyer beware

This model suffers from several factory defects. Problem with a vent assembly cause gasoline smell inside the vehicle. Failure of wrist pins in cylinder 1 destroy the engine.

5.0

Great job guys

Shawn & Dave is an amazing car salesman they were very patient with me and help me very nice i give both of them 5stars each

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Safety

Based on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
4
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
11.0%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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