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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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$41,400 — $53,850 MSRP
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24-27 MPG
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which earned Cars.com's top award with its 2015 model-year redesign, enters the fifth model year of its current generation with styling updates, more power and new technology. The visual changes are mild, but new technologies close the gap with the larger E-Class sedan, which Mercedes redesigned more recently.

The updated C-Class debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in C300 sedan form — that is, with the base engine most Americans buy. It goes on sale in the U.S. late in 2018. 

 

Exterior
Mercedes-Benz claims redesigns for the bumpers, headlights and taillights, but the revisions are light. Full-LED lights, which were previously optional, are now standard. They have reorganized elements but the same basic shape; the same goes for the bumpers. With an optional AMG styling package, the C300 gets a diamond-pattern grille with a single crossbar that was previously reserved for AMG C43 versions of the sedan. The outboard bumper openings have crossbars, too, similar to certain versions of the E-Class and S-Class.

Interior
Inside, the 2019 C-Class gets a redesigned steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons and cruise controls directly on the wheel instead of the previous steering-column stalk. The larger change comes with the optional information displays, however. A 7-inch multimedia display is standard, as are physical gauges with a 5.5-inch center display. But new options include configurable 12.3-inch vir...

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which earned Cars.com's top award with its 2015 model-year redesign, enters the fifth model year of its current generation with styling updates, more power and new technology. The visual changes are mild, but new technologies close the gap with the larger E-Class sedan, which Mercedes redesigned more recently.

The updated C-Class debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in C300 sedan form — that is, with the base engine most Americans buy. It goes on sale in the U.S. late in 2018. 

 

Exterior
Mercedes-Benz claims redesigns for the bumpers, headlights and taillights, but the revisions are light. Full-LED lights, which were previously optional, are now standard. They have reorganized elements but the same basic shape; the same goes for the bumpers. With an optional AMG styling package, the C300 gets a diamond-pattern grille with a single crossbar that was previously reserved for AMG C43 versions of the sedan. The outboard bumper openings have crossbars, too, similar to certain versions of the E-Class and S-Class.

Interior
Inside, the 2019 C-Class gets a redesigned steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons and cruise controls directly on the wheel instead of the previous steering-column stalk. The larger change comes with the optional information displays, however. A 7-inch multimedia display is standard, as are physical gauges with a 5.5-inch center display. But new options include configurable 12.3-inch virtual gauges that replace the physical units and a 10.25-inch multimedia screen instead of the 2018's optional 8.4-inch screen.

Wireless smartphone charging is available, as is a Burmester premium stereo.

Under the Hood
The 2015-18 C300's turbocharged four-cylinder pulled middling acceleration numbers among seven luxury sports sedans in our last acceleration tests, but some extra power might move it up a notch. Output for 2019 is now 255 horsepower, up from last year's 241 hp; torque, at 273 pounds-feet, remains unchanged. A nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive (4Matic) is optional.

Safety
Mercedes-Benz touts similar safety and autonomous tech in the 2019 C-Class as it offers in the E-Class. Improved cameras and radar can see up to nearly a third of a mile ahead, as well as 130 feet to the sides and 260 feet behind — all of which enables the C-Class to drive "semi-autonomously in certain situations," according to Mercedes. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Very smooth ride.

by Leigh from North Woodmere NY on December 5, 2018

Lots of safety features. In proved headlights, auto trunk open and close. Heated steering wheel, lights on door handles at night. Start engine from phone app. Rides like a dream Read full review

(5.0)

More than a car - a lifestyle choice

by Elizabeth from Downey on December 1, 2018

MB C Class 300 has a classic style with the durability of a tank - drives smooth with all new upgrades for navigation, media etc. I spend more time in this car than I do my own home - it is styling at ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has not been tested.

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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