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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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$40,250 — $53,200 MSRP
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
25-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent cabin materials
  • Strong acceleration
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Generous standard safety features
  • Well-executed folding backseat

The Bad

  • Somewhat numb steering
  • Backseat still low to the floor
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Nine-speed automatic now standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder, V-6 or V-8 gas engines
  • Plug-in hybrid available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The compact C-Class line includes a sedan, coupe and convertible. All three body styles are offered in performance AMG C43 and C63 versions. The C43 has all-wheel drive and the C63 has rear-wheel drive; on other C-Class models, rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

C300 models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the C43 has a turbo V-6 and the C63 uses a turbo V-8. In addition, the sedan is available as a C350e plug-in hybrid that uses the turbo four-cylinder and has an electric-only range of up to 8 miles. Key rivals include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS.

New for 2018

The C300 sedan and coupe trade last year’s seven-speed automatic for a nine-speed automatic that was already present on the convertible. A power sunroof is standard on the sedan. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are available on all three body styles in a Smartphone Integration Package. The C350e adds standard LED headlights.

AMG C43

Formerly known as the AMG C450, the all-wheel-drive AMG C43 uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Torque is split 31:69 front to rear. A new AMG Track Pace app can connect iPhones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to record and share real-time performance data, such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and gear selection. It can also record track driving with the phone’s camera.

What's Special

  • 362-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Adaptive suspe...

What it is: The compact C-Class line includes a sedan, coupe and convertible. All three body styles are offered in performance AMG C43 and C63 versions. The C43 has all-wheel drive and the C63 has rear-wheel drive; on other C-Class models, rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

C300 models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the C43 has a turbo V-6 and the C63 uses a turbo V-8. In addition, the sedan is available as a C350e plug-in hybrid that uses the turbo four-cylinder and has an electric-only range of up to 8 miles. Key rivals include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS.

New for 2018

The C300 sedan and coupe trade last year’s seven-speed automatic for a nine-speed automatic that was already present on the convertible. A power sunroof is standard on the sedan. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are available on all three body styles in a Smartphone Integration Package. The C350e adds standard LED headlights.

AMG C43

Formerly known as the AMG C450, the all-wheel-drive AMG C43 uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Torque is split 31:69 front to rear. A new AMG Track Pace app can connect iPhones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to record and share real-time performance data, such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and gear selection. It can also record track driving with the phone’s camera.

What's Special

  • 362-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Selectable driving modes
  • Staggered 18-inch wheels standard

AMG C63

The intense intramural rivalry between Mercedes-Benz and BMW requires that Mercedes offer a competitor to the BMW M3, and the AMG C63 fills that role. It comes only with rear-wheel drive, and despite the car's compact dimensions, Mercedes has managed to squeeze a twin-turbo V-8 engine under the hood.

Two versions are available: the C63 and C63 S. The latter gets an extra 34 hp, red brake calipers and dynamic engine mounts.

A new AMG Track Pace app can connect iPhones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to record and share real-time performance data such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and gear selection. It can record track driving with the phone’s camera.

What's Special

  • Hand-built twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
  • 469 hp (503 hp in C63 S)
  • Seven-speed automatic with four modes
  • Selectable driving modes
  • Adaptive sport suspension
  • Burmester surround-sound audio system
  • Available carbon-fiber exterior and interior trim

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
40 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Loving my first Benz.

by New Benz Fan from Raleigh, NC on December 2, 2018

My C Class is good looking, stylish, comfortable, and luxurious. It is a great ride and has all the new technology. I could not have made a better choice for my first Mercedes. My last 2 cars were ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fabulous Car

by Shrinktogo from Tulsa, OK on November 28, 2018

This car seems to have it all. The drive and the ride is great. The interior is well designed, everything is very convenient. I particularly like the driver's seat extension. It really does make ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 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

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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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.*
* 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.

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