The compact Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the least expensive of the brand's offerings. Yet it's no less a Mercedes-Benz. You'll find everything you expect from Mercedes-Benz in a C-Class from safety features to predictable driving dynamics.
The 2012 C-Class includes a new coupe body style, while the sedans benefit from a major mid-cycle update.
All 2012 C-Class sedans get all-new interiors and new engines. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 models feature a new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 models feature an all-new 3.5-liter V6 more powerful and more fuel efficient than the previous 3.5-liter engine. Styling revisions to the front and rear fascia of the 2012 C-Class sedans signal the changes underneath.
The C-Class Luxury grade feels like a small version of a traditional Mercedes four-door luxury sedan. For drivers who want something sportier, the Sport models provide that. Those who want a street-legal racecar can order an AMG version.
The C-Class offers a terrific driving experience: great driver feedback through the steering, rock-solid, and so stable it's very difficult to get into trouble. The C-Class chassis tells the driver exactly what the car is doing. And it does this without taking away any of the refinement or comfort that makes driving one a fatigue-free process.
Most C-Class models come with rear-wheel drive, but 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available for improved active safety and winter weather capability.
Compared with Luxury models, Sport models use wider rear tires and wheels, sit more than half an inch lower, use firmer suspension settings, and get a three-spoke steering wheel. The Luxury models ride smoother and are more comfortable for commuting, running errands and everyday driving. You're less likely to spill your cappuccino in a luxury model. The Sport models are quite sporty and fun to drive on a winding road or at elevated speeds on the open highway. Sport sedans use a different grille with the Mercedes-Benz ringed star in the middle, while the Luxury models have the star perched on top of the hood. Sport models also use AMG-style deeper front air dams, side skirts and rear aprons. AMG versions are distinguished by unique styling cues as well.
The C-Class is not a big car, so tall drivers and business-people who transport clients will find they need something bigger, such as an E-Class. But among its primary competition the C-Class is more than merely in the game; it's a real player.