Mercedes Benz C Class
Now in its fourth generation, Mercedes’ bread-and-butter C-Class stands out thanks to a fluid design, more generous dimensions and a wide array of high-tech features gleaned from the S-Class flagship.
The C is available as a sedan (detailed here), as a wagon that’s sold exclusively in Europe and as a sleek-looking coupe. Buyers who want a faster version of the C-Class should look at the fire-breathing, tire-shreddingMercedes AMG C63.
The fourth-generation C-Class is 3.7 inches longer and 1.5-inches wider than the outgoing model, modifications that Mercedes explains are necessary because the average height of passengers is growing each year. In spite of its larger dimensions, the C is up to 221 pounds lighter than its predecessor thanks to a new body structure made from a combination of aluminum, high-strength steel and various composite materials. Increased rigidity and improved safety are some of the other by-products of the new architecture.
As before, the C is available with two front end treatments called Luxury and Sport, respectively. Heavily inspired by the S, the Luxury model wears an elegant three-slat grille with a small Mercedes three-pointed star that protrudes from the hood.
Mercedes has moved the C up a notch on the market in order to differentiate it from the similarly-sized CLA. The C’s dashboard is more evocative than before and the cockpit is packed with high-tech features borrowed directly from the S-Class
An innovative smartphone-like touch pad located on the center console lets the passengers control the optional COMAND Online infotainment system with simple finger gestures. Occupants can also use the touchpad to enter an address in the navigation system (if equipped) or to add a contact to the phone book. Alternatively, COMAND Online can be navigated via a controller knob located under the touch pad, voice commands or buttons on the center stack.
The added length provides more space for both the front and the rear passengers, and trunk space checks in at 16.9 cubic feet. An electric parking brake, an electromechanical power steering system and Bluetooth connectivity come standard on all models.