Mercedes-Benz is an S-class company. This is exactly why Mercedes made the new C-Class in its own image.
For the 2022 model year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is reborn with design, interior design and technology similar to the brand’s flagship luxury car. For Class C customers, this is exactly what should happen. While this may reduce the exclusivity of the S-Class’ design, it will also increase the desire for the C-Class, which is one of the best-selling cars in the Mercedes lineup. While that’s not very exciting for car enthusiasts, who prefer a sharper sports sedan, the majority of customers in this segment will love the new C-Class for its luxurious interior.
While the C-Class was designed to look like its older, more expensive sibling, I actually think the new C-Class looks better than the larger S-Class. In my view, this is the sedan’s best interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz design language. The C-pillar in the trunk creates a sporty and muscular rear end that accentuates the rear wheels.
It’s not the brightest sedan in its class but it’s a great looking car ever. At least in America, we can see this sale as crazy.
Inside, the new C-Class has a very flashy interior. The driver gets his own digital instrument panel, which is completely new and highly configurable. It looks more interesting than the virtual cockpit of the Audi. Although the Audi VC is among the best digital instrument clusters in the world, it’s a little tired now and Mercedes a little more exciting. The C-Class also gets a new portrait-style touchscreen that dominates the instrument panel, although we appreciate the slight inability towards the driver.
The sporty three-spoke steering wheel looks great, as do the aluminum air vents (or at least the aluminum profile). All the ambient interior lighting also adds a lot of stage to the cabin of the C-Class, something Mercedes-Benz has been doing well for many years.
This sharp cabin is powered by the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) from Mercedes-Benz, which is one of the most impressive new infotainment systems on the market. It is preferred by many enthusiasts over the new Audi MMI touch screen.
In the US, the only model available at launch will be the Mercedes-Benz C300, which will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, as well as a 48-volt mild hybrid (MHEV) setup. It typically produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is roughly the 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of an Audi A4 45 TFSI. However, the C300 gets an “ISG” (integrated starter generator, which can not only add 20 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, but also start the engine warm and can allow the engine to shut down while the ISG provides power for on the highway: Paired with this engine is a Mercedes-Benz nine-speed automatic transmission
According to Mercedes-Benz, the new C300 can go from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, a form slower than the Audi A4 45 TFSI. Oddly enough, this performance number remains the same even for the C300 4Matic all-wheel drive. The weight penalty should offset the added grip.
Will the Audi A4 handle better than the C-Class? Most likely but that’s only because the new Benz doesn’t seem to be trying to match the A4 to handle it. Instead, she’s trying to do her own thing, be her own car. It seems that the C-Class wants to be a luxurious, luxurious, high-quality, good-looking executive sedan, allowing the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series to handle sporty customers. If you want a sports car, get a 3 Series, A4 or Alfa Romeo Giulia. But if you want comfort, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is likely to be your best bet.