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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/31/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Vehicle Overview

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is new this year with exterior styling inspired by the vaunted S-Class, and a gorgeous new interior. At launch, the new Mercedes C-Class is available with two engines. The 2015 C300 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the C400 comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Both engines drive the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system is available. A diesel, hybrid, and high-zoot AMG version will come in the next year or so.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is first and foremost a luxury car -- those looking for a pure sports luxury car will probably be best served by something like the Cadillac ATS. In our First Drive of the 2015 C-Class, we wrote "The new C-Class is designed to deliver, first and foremost, a luxury driving experience. The C300 delivers on that promise in spades. The ride on the air suspension (a segment first) is sweet, especially on open stretches of highway or mildly broken pavement. "As for the C400: "First of all, the C400 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Couple that to the heavier V-6 powerplant and it's obvious that the C400's weight balance is much more nose-heavy than the C300. The handling wasn't as crisp. The ride was both more wallowing and clunkier, and the shifts were more sluggish. Still, with four adult, American males inside, everyone was comfortable and you had to hunt for peccadillos."

In addition to the new interior and exterior design, Mercedes has made sure to load the C-Class with luxury touches from the S-Class. Mercedes' latest infotainment system is available on the new C-Class, as is its semi-autonomous autonomous driving tech.

New for 2015

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is new this year. It's expected to hit dealers this fall with a choice of two turbocharged engines right off the bat. Diesel, hybrid, performance, and coupe versions are likely in the cards.

You'll Like

  • Baby S-Class styling
  • Upscale interior
  • Soft, supple ride

You Won't Like

  • Sluggish transmission shifts
  • Not as sporty as the previous C-Class
  • Touchy brakes

Key Competitors

  • Audi A4
  • Cadillac ATS
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus IS

Sum Up

4 star No longer the baby Benz.

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