Introduced in 2015, the current generation of Mercedes-Benz’s compact C-Class is likely in its last year on the market, with a new model on its way for 2022. Therefore, there are no major changes to the C-Class for 2021.
Mercedes-Benz makes the C-Class in sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible body styles and with three different powertrains. The C 300 uses a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, the AMG C 43 gets a turbo V6, and C 63 and C 63 S use a turbo 4.0L V8. All three engines are mated to a nine-speed transmission; C 300 and C 43 are AWD, and C 63 models are RWD.
C 300 models get a panoramic sunroof (sedan and wagon), 18-inch wheels, gloss black/aluminum trim, blind spot assist, vehicle exit warning, passive keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers with heated washers, power front seats, dual-zone auto A/C, heated front seats, LED headlights, heated/power-folding side mirrors, a 10.25-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and wireless smartphone charging.
AMG 43 models gain a sport suspension system, performance brakes and exhaust, artico upper dash and door panels, stainless steel pedals, lighted front door sills, active multibeam LED headlights, 360-degree camera views, ambient cabin lighting, artico/dinamica upholstery, a power trunk closer, a digital gauge cluster, and a Burmester stereo.
Finally, AMG 63 cars add a limited slip differential.
In the C 300, a tech package adds digital gauges, automatic high beams, and active multibeam LED headlights. A convenience pack brings a garage door remote, 360-degree cameras, hands-free trunk, ambient lighting, power trunk closer, and lighted door sills.
An intelligent drive suite brings Benz’s full range of driver safety assists, like radar cruise; active blind spot, lane keeping, lane change, and brake assists; traffic sign recognition, and enhanced stop-and-go.
There’s also an AMG driver’s package that brings a sport steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, a track pace system, and a higher top speed.
As you’d expect from a car with such a wide range of body styles and power options, the C-Class’s fuel consumption estimates vary widely. In C 300 models, ratings range from 10.1/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) to 10.8/7.9 L/100 km. AMG C 43 models are rated anywhere from 12.3/8.5 L/100 km to 13.4/8.7 L/100 km, and the AMG C 63’s figures are 13.5/8.9 L/100 km to 13.9/9.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
In terms of competitors, the C-Class goes up against small luxury cars from all over the world. The obvious ones are the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4/S4, but the list also includes the Acura TLX, Volvo’s S60 and V60 sedan and wagon, Lexus’s IS range, the Cadillac CT4, the Infiniti Q50, and South Korea’s sole entry in the compact upscale arena, the Genesis G70.