2016 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassChange Vehicle
of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz C‑Class base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Excellent cabin materials
- Strong acceleration
- Intuitive multimedia system
- Generous standard safety features
- Well-executed folding backseat
- Improved brake-pedal feel
- Somewhat numb steering
- Backseat still low to the floor
- Backup camera should be standard
- Air suspension brings little difference in ride quality
- Turbocharged four- or six-cylinder gas engines
- New plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG Sport models
- Rear- or all-wheel drive
- Air suspension available
- Redesigned coupe due in early 2016
The verdict: Stung by poor reliability in the first year since its redesign, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is nonetheless an appealing option for sport-sedan shoppers.
Versus the competition: Stunning cabin quality, good performance and elegant styling make the C-Class a solid choice among its rivals. It's more luxury than sport, but it continues to justify having earned Cars.com's Best of 2015 award.
The C-Class comes in myriad variants with all sorts of drivetrains. The C-Class coupe, which skipped 2016, will arrive at dealerships soon as a 2017 model with a redesign along the lines of the sedan. A C-Class convertible also will join the fray. This review covers the sedan.
For 2016, the C400 sedan is replaced by the quicker C450 AMG, which slots between the base C300 and performance-topping Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S. There's also a new C350e plug-in hybrid. See all the changes from 2015 to 2016 here, or compare the 2016 trim levels here.
All-wheel drive, which Mercedes calls 4Matic, is optional on the C300 and standard on the C450 AMG. It's unavailable on the C63 and plug-in hybrid models. We evaluated the C450 AMG, to which I'll devote most of this review, but our review of the 2015 C300 gives a broader overview of the current-generation C-Class.
Exterior & Styling
The C450 AMG Sport's bodywork looks similar to the C300's Sport Package, save a unique lower bumper finish, split dual tailpipe frames (though there's still a single pipe ... Read more
Mercedes-Benz C-Class shoppers have a performance choice in the new C450 AMG. It replaces last year's C400, and if you're wondering if this is just a tarted-up version of that car: It isn't.
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