2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Buyer's Guide

At one time, the C-Class was Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level car in North America, but those days are long gone: first, there was the B-Class (which goes away after this year), the CLA- and GLA-Class sedan and crossover and, most recently, the A-Class, which comes to Canada for the first time in 2019 after many years on the European market.

But the C-Class is no less important to Benz in light of those newer models, and as evidence of that, Mercedes has made a number of changes to the car in a mid-cycle update to the current generation, which was introduced as a 2015 model. As you’ll see, this is a significant set of changes to a model available in one of the industry’s widest range of body styles: there’s a sedan and wagon, and a coupe and convertible. There aren’t many other cars sold under a single model designation conceived to appeal to four distinct groups of buyers as the C Class is.

By now, you’re probably well-acquainted with the C-Class’s main competition: Benz goes up against heavyweights like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, plus the Cadillac ATS/CTS (soon to be replaced by a single car called CT5), the Volvo S60 and newcomers like the Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Trim levels include C 300, C43, C 63 and C 63 S for sedan, coupe and convertible, while the wagon comes in C 300 and C 43 only.

Changes to all four C-Class variants include refreshed styling; a new steering wheel with touchpads; a new key; the omission of the CD/DVD player; upgraded ambient interior lighting; a newly available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; a newly optional 10.25-inch central media display; smartphone integration with wireless charging; standard rear cross traffic alert; a more advanced blind spot monitor that warns the driver of approaching cars after opening a door, even if the ignition is off; and improvements to the car’s available driver assistance features.

There’s more: the base C 300 trim’s 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine gains 14 hp for 255 (its 273 lb-ft of torque remains the same; the C 43 trim’s turbo 3.0L V6 adds 23 hp for a new total of 385 (likewise, its 384 lb-ft of torque carries over); and the C 63 and C 63 S get a new nine-speed automatic transmission to replace last year’s seven-speed. The 4.0L turbo V8 used in those cars retains its outputs of 469 hp/479 lb-ft of torque (C 63) and 503 hp/516 lb-ft (C 63 S).

While we’re on the topic, all C 300 and C 43 models are AWD, while the C 63 is a rear-driver. C 300 and C 43 get a nine-speed transmission carried over from last year.

Driver assistance enhancements include adaptive cruise and active steering assist that can follow the car in front at a wider range of speeds; an emergency stop assist feature that will unlock the doors if it senses the driver is incapacitated; and the ability to adjust the car’s speed in advance of road features like roundabouts and exit lanes.

As we write this, Mercedes had yet to publish fuel consumption estimates, but we figure the 2019 numbers will be similar to those for last year: 10.5/7.5 L/100 km (city/highway) for the C 300; 11.8/8.8 for C 43 variants; and 13.4/9.6 in the C 63 models.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specifications

There are 12 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $46,100 MSRP
9.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
255 hp @5800 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
C 300 4MATIC Sedan $46,100 5 Sedan
C 300 4MATIC Sedan 255 hp @5800 rpm 273 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
C 300 4MATIC Sedan 184.5" 71.3" 57" 111.8"
C 300 4MATIC Sedan
C 300 4MATIC Sedan N/A
C 300 4MATIC Sedan
C 300 4MATIC Sedan
C 300 4MATIC Wagon $47,400 5 Wagon
C 300 4MATIC Wagon 255 hp @5800 rpm 273 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
C 300 4MATIC Wagon 185.1" 71.3" 57.6" 111.8"
C 300 4MATIC Wagon
C 300 4MATIC Wagon N/A
C 300 4MATIC Wagon
C 300 4MATIC Wagon
C 300 4MATIC Coupe $49,800 4 Coupe
C 300 4MATIC Coupe 255 hp @5800 rpm 273 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
C 300 4MATIC Coupe 184.5" 71.3" 55.3" 111.8"
C 300 4MATIC Coupe
C 300 4MATIC Coupe N/A
C 300 4MATIC Coupe
C 300 4MATIC Coupe
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet $57,800 4 Coupe
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet 255 hp @5800 rpm 273 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet 184.5" 71.3" 55.5" 111.8"
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet N/A
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet
C 300 4MATIC Cabriolet
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan $59,000 5 Sedan
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 385 hp @6100 rpm 384 ft-lb @2500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 185.1" 71.3" 56.3" 111.8"
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan N/A
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan
AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon $59,900 5 Wagon
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon 385 hp @6100 rpm 384 ft-lb @2500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon 185.1" 71.3" 56.3" 111.8"
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon N/A
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon
AMG C 43 4MATIC Wagon
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe $62,300 4 Coupe
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 385 hp @6100 rpm 384 ft-lb @2500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 184.9" 71.3" 55.3" 111.8"
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe N/A
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet $71,400 4 Coupe
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet 385 hp @6100 rpm 384 ft-lb @2500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet 184.9" 71.3" 55.4" 111.8"
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet N/A
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet
AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet
AMG C 63 Sedan $75,900 5 Sedan
AMG C 63 Sedan 469 hp @5500 rpm 479 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
AMG C 63 Sedan 187.2" 72.4" 56.1" 111.8"
AMG C 63 Sedan
AMG C 63 Sedan N/A
AMG C 63 Sedan
AMG C 63 Sedan
AMG C 63 S Sedan $82,900 5 Sedan
AMG C 63 S Sedan 503 hp @5500 rpm 516 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
AMG C 63 S Sedan 187.2" 72.4" 56.1" 111.8"
AMG C 63 S Sedan
AMG C 63 S Sedan Leather Seats
AMG C 63 S Sedan
AMG C 63 S Sedan
AMG C 63 S Coupe $84,600 4 Coupe
AMG C 63 S Coupe 503 hp @5500 rpm 516 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
AMG C 63 S Coupe 187" 73.9" 55.2" 111.8"
AMG C 63 S Coupe
AMG C 63 S Coupe Leather Seats
AMG C 63 S Coupe
AMG C 63 S Coupe
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet $92,200 4 Coupe
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet 503 hp @5500 rpm 516 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet 187" 73.9" 55.3" 111.8"
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet Leather Seats
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet

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Owner Reviews: 2019 Mercedes-Benz / C-Class

Average Rating

2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Trim: C230 4MATIC Sport and Premium Package
by BigJim on 10-11-2012
Nice city & hwy driver
I recently picked up a second hand Mercedes C230 4Matic. My wife loves the car and the styling and it drives very smoothly! We opted for the sport and premum package which is all the equipment you really need to make it convenient and comfortable. The car is great for driving around the city and comfortable on the highway. Even though its a V6 with over 200 horsepower, its a little slow off the mark. Our next C series will be a 300 or 350 as we both prefer to have a little extra power for when you really need it.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

by EdwinThruFb on 10-11-2012
Entry Level German Engineering
It handles as good as it looks. Classy but not street-racy. The interior has some room for improvement though. The parts can get really pricy. Consider this a warning. Leasing might make sense for some people.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
3/5
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Trim: C300
by dumdau on 10-11-2012
It's a Mercedes...
It's supposed to be the entry level Mercedes Benz but you really get every bang for the buck you pay for this car.

The exterior design takes the brand away from the typical stereotype that Mercedes are old men's car. It gives the model a younger, racier look.

The interior is similar to the other classes and most of the buttons and widgets can be found where you expected, except for the wipers where it's on the other side of the steering wheel.

The car is very quiet and comfortable, just what you would expect from a Mercedes. It has decent power from the V6 engine. The 4matic feature also makes winter driving a lot easier and safer.

Overall I think it's one of the more reliable cars you can safely get as a used car.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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