2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Mercedes‑Benz C‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    241-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Road Test

Aaron Bragman

Verdict: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe is a stylish, luxurious, beautifully crafted luxury coupe that feels as expensive as it is.

Versus the competition: The C300 coupe feels far more sophisticated and luxurious than the rival Lexus RC and Infiniti Q60, softer than the sportier BMW 4 Series, classier than the Cadillac ATS and fresher than the Audi A5.

The previous Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe, last sold as a 2015 model, wasn't much to look at. It was nice but it didn't light any driving enthusiasts' hearts on fire. It didn't inspire more than a passing glance as it rolled past and it didn't get noticed among luxury coupe buyers, either. To listen to Mercedes-Benz marketing people tell it, even they saw it as something of a compromised model: It had no all-wheel-drive option and its styling wasn't as racy as some competitors.

All that has changed for 2017 with the introduction of the second-generation C-Class coupe, starting with the C300 4Matic trim appearing in showrooms now. Compare 2017 and 2015 model years here.

The new 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe gets a significant injection of style, technology and performance, as the two-door version follows the four-door, which won our Best of 2015 award. The new coupe is longer and wider than the car it replaces, which pays dividends in ride quality, interior space and handling refinement. From top to bottom, the new C-Class coupe looks and feels like a totally different animal from its predecess...

Verdict: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe is a stylish, luxurious, beautifully crafted luxury coupe that feels as expensive as it is.

Versus the competition: The C300 coupe feels far more sophisticated and luxurious than the rival Lexus RC and Infiniti Q60, softer than the sportier BMW 4 Series, classier than the Cadillac ATS and fresher than the Audi A5.

The previous Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe, last sold as a 2015 model, wasn't much to look at. It was nice but it didn't light any driving enthusiasts' hearts on fire. It didn't inspire more than a passing glance as it rolled past and it didn't get noticed among luxury coupe buyers, either. To listen to Mercedes-Benz marketing people tell it, even they saw it as something of a compromised model: It had no all-wheel-drive option and its styling wasn't as racy as some competitors.

All that has changed for 2017 with the introduction of the second-generation C-Class coupe, starting with the C300 4Matic trim appearing in showrooms now. Compare 2017 and 2015 model years here.

The new 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe gets a significant injection of style, technology and performance, as the two-door version follows the four-door, which won our Best of 2015 award. The new coupe is longer and wider than the car it replaces, which pays dividends in ride quality, interior space and handling refinement. From top to bottom, the new C-Class coupe looks and feels like a totally different animal from its predecessor — and a significant leap ahead of luxury coupe competitors. The C-Class is smaller than the similarly-styled E-Class.

Styling & Exterior
It starts with the exterior styling, which is considerably different from the sedan. The strongest resemblance to the four-door is up front, where the headlights and grille look similar, but the coupe gets one horizontal strake versus the sedan's two. From there rearward, the two look nothing alike; the coupe more closely resembles the S-Class coupe and the AMG GT S coupe.

The 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe features a character line from the headlights all the way down the shoulder to the taillights, while the sedan's line stops at the rear doors. The coupe’s roof is lower, with smaller windows all around leading to a small rear window and high taillights that have a distinctly more horizontal attitude than the sedan's. The C-Class coupe isn't wedge-shaped — it's more of a lozenge shape, sloped and tapered at both ends — but it's dramatic and distinctive in person. There isn't a bad angle from which to view this car and it turns heads regardless of what color it's painted.

How It Drives
The 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe will first appear in C300 guise, featuring a turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine making 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that shunts power either to the rear wheels or to all four if you opt for 4Matic all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the combination is good for a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds and a rolling, full-throttle run or two makes this seem like a reasonable claim.


Foot to the floor, the car feels quick off the line but not fast — it runs out of steam at higher rpm, tuned as it is for better low- to mid-range response. Around town, however, the combination is dynamite, making the C300 feel sprightly and agile, especially in Sport or Sport+ mode. Those are two of five Dynamic Select modes that change several aspects of the car's performance parameters, such as power-steering assist, shift timing, throttle response and more.

One thing the C300 coupe never is? Uncomfortable — even in the sportiest setting, Sport+. That mode firms up the optional Airmatic air suspension to its stiffest setting, which isn’t harsh — or, frankly, all that sporty. Ride quality is outstanding with the air suspension; it’s a wholly worthwhile option for $1,190 that brings a big-car feel to the small coupe's body motions.

The C300 is composed and calm even over broken pavement and frost heaves in Sport+ mode, and even more serene in Comfort mode. The result of that comfort is a body that rolls more than you might expect in corners but this is clearly a grand touring coupe, not a sports car. It never loses sight of its mission, leaving the more extreme sports-coupe abilities to the upcoming C43 AMG and C63 AMG coupes due later this year.

That's not to say, however, that it's a marshmallow. The overall impression you get from the C300 is one of big-car sophistication in a compact package. You feel the suspension working, absorbing bumps and making corrections, but little of that work is transmitted to the car's occupants. The steering is well-boosted but not sloppy or imprecise. One can hustle the C300 coupe through twisty roads with entertaining ease and minimal effort. It’s just that if you want a more athletic experience, you'll want to wait for the more potent versions coming down the pipeline.

The C300 benefits from decent fuel economy, achieving a rating of 23/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined with all-wheel drive. That’s about even with the Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD’s 22/30/25 mpg despite the Caddy having an extra gear. It’s better than the six-cylinder Lexus RC 300 AWD coupe’s 19/26/21 mpg but it’s soundly bested by the highway mileage of the BMW 428i xDrive, which is rated 22/34/26 mpg. The Bimmer features one more gear in its transmission than the Benz and while that doesn’t seem to help the lighter Cadillac, it does indeed help the BMW.
Interior
Inside, the C300 coupe is extremely impressive, just like its sedan sibling. I tested two versions, both of which featured optional full leather upholstery. Just like the C-Class sedan, the coupe's interior appointments blow away competitors, feeling a price class or two above the one in which it plays.

Other coupes, such as the BMW 4 Series, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q60 and Audi A5, feel like premium vehicles, but the C300 can feel like a true luxury car. Like the C-Class sedan, the coupe qualifies as a baby S-Class. There isn't a single part or panel in the interior that isn't padded, nicely trimmed, real metal, glossy wood or piano black lacquer. The optional colored leather, in either brown or red, truly sets off the interior against the dark charcoal trim. The only potential interior issue may be how some taller folks fit; if you're long of torso, your head will brush against the low ceiling, which is made lower by the presence of a standard moonroof. This isn't generally a problem in taller sedans but it's not uncommon in the compact coupe class.

Front-seat comfort is top-notch but the rear seats are cramped and confined in height, width and legroom. The swoopy styling and short windows that make the C300 coupe such a looker on the outside not only serve to create some blind spots to the rear and sides of the coupe, they also envelope backseat passengers in a cave of dark plastic trim. Like any compact luxury coupe bought more for style than practicality, the backseat is best left for emergencies and children.
Electronics & Ergonomics
Every switch and knob in the coupe moves with a precision and heft that makes it feel expensive. All the controls are within easy reach, including the selector knob for the multimedia system, which resides in the center console. The C300 coupe features Mercedes’ Comand system; unfortunately, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto are available yet, and they aren't likely to appear for at least a year and a half, Mercedes says.
Cargo & Storage
Being a compact coupe, trunk space isn’t this car’s forté, but the C300 features a competitive amount at 10.5 cubic feet. That’s just about even with the 10.4 cubic feet featured in the Cadillac ATS and Lexus RC coupes. It’s also expandable, thanks to a split, folding backseat. The Benz falls well short of rival BMW, however, which lists the 4 Series’ trunk space at a rather suspect 15.7 cubic feet. Given that measuring cargo capacity is something of a pseudo-science among automakers, suffice it to say that the C300 coupe is no better or worse in this department than its rivals.
Safety
As of publication, the 2017 
Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe was too new to have been crash-tested. Should test results be published, they’ll appear here.


In a departure from previous years (and even other current Mercedes), the new C300 coupe features standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. In keeping with German luxury car tradition, however, just about every other electronic safety feature remains optional, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure prevention, blind spot warning, a 360-degree overview camera with park assist sensors, and more. See the C300’s standard equipment here.
Value in Its Class
The starting price for the new C300 coupe is $43,575 including destination, or $45,575 for the all-wheel-drive 4Matic model, though you'll never find one in stock for those relatively low prices. Add optional items that have become necessities, such as keyless access, a backup camera and the adjustable suspension, and you're looking at the mid-$50,000 range, maxing out north of $60,000. The as-tested price for the lovely Brilliant Blue coupe I drove came to $56,355, including items like the Premium 2 Package (including blind spot warning, satellite radio, navigation, power-folding mirrors, a power trunk and adjustable ambient lighting), an air suspension, a Sport Package with more aggressive styling, perforated brake rotors and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Option one up your way here.  

Every luxury brand worth its salt has a compact coupe, so choosing among competitors isn’t easy. The one that’s most often on shopping lists is the BMW 428i, which is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The BMW also features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine and all the same kinds of electronic bells and whistles as the C300 but its baseline mission is more sporty than the Mercedes-Benz, which is more a luxury tourer than a sports coupe.

The Americans have offered up the sweet-handling Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD coupe, which beats the Mercedes-Benz in terms of power and torque and is more a rival for the BMW when it comes to handling prowess. But an interior that can’t hold a candle to the C300’s tactile quality and luxurious appointments keeps it behind the curve.

The same can be said for the Lexus RC 300, which is the lowest trim model that can be had with all-wheel drive (the RC 200t, with its turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine, is rear-drive only). It features styling that’s most kindly described as “polarizing” and a multimedia system controller that’s most accurately described as “garbage.” Its 3.5-liter V-6 makes less torque than any of the turbocharged four-cylinders mentioned above and it’s more than 250 pounds heavier than the Benz, to boot.

All these coupes start in the low-to-mid $40,000 range and go significantly higher when you start loading on options (compare them for yourself here). The biggest difference between the Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe and competitors that cost just about the same, though, is that the Mercedes actually feels like it's worth that much money.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Mercedes Benz is the best car

by Gast�n Gonz�lez from Ca on August 11, 2018

Es el auto de mis sue�os. Es un gran amigo en mis d�as de trabajo y recreaci�n. Su estilo, confort y seguridad lo convierten en el mejor auto que un hombre puede tener. Read full review

(2.0)

Not so great

by Thomas from Long Island, NY on July 18, 2018

I've driven this car for 2 years now and the ride is hard/harsh and there are rattles everywhere. The car has been back several times for service and they can't seem to find the lose parts in the dash ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker