We know it takes $39,325 just to get a C300 off the lot, now that Mercedes-Benz has posted the configurator for the 2015 C-Class we can research how much we'll need to get the one we want. Going for tempered extravagance first, we built a C400 with options like the multispoke wheels, LED-stuffed exterior lighting, the leather-bound Interior Package, the Multimedia and Driver Assistance Packages, and the Hands-Free Access Package as a cherry. We could have motored back home for $59,575.

Then we went the other way, kitting out a C300 with fewer options and more sport. That meant adding the Sport Package for fancy wheels and the sport interior, we stuck with black MB-Tex and aluminum inside, plus heated front seats, then skipped all the premium interior packages but did Keyless Go for $550, Airmatic Suspension, the rear view camera, and splurged on the illuminated star up front and a spoiler in back. The register rang up $47,200.

There are a few curious details, starting with the color palette: eight of the ten exterior hues are from the monochrome range; the only two real colors are Dakota Brown Metallic (pictured) and Lunar Blue Metallic. In Germany, they also get a bright blue and a Hyacinth Red. The C400 gets four choices of interior material and three of interior trim, the C300 gets 15 choices of material and seven of trim. Then there are à-la-carte gotchas like the Head-Up Display, which lists for $990 but choosing it automatically adds the $2,700 Premium Package. But hey, it's only configurator money, so have at it.


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      Sergey R
      • 4 Months Ago

      So base model with 241HP starts from $40 400 or $167 per HP? Hmm... And what will be the base price for upcoming AMG version of C-Class? Will it still be about $60K to compete with M3 or not? I'd wait for the new Lexus RC then. Yes, it's coupe, but still.

        imag
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sergey R

        Good luck getting through the new M3 configurator at $60k

      wafflesnfalafel
      • 4 Months Ago

      still don't like the new Benz "droopy butt"...  

      K. Rogers
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      The higher and higher these cars get in price, the less appealing they are to me.  It feels that not long ago, these prices would get you a decently equipped mid-size luxury sedan....nowadays they'll get you in a compact.  It doesn't help the situation either when mainstream car companies are offering style and amenities once exclusive to the luxury market.  

      I like the new C-Class; I'd pick it over a 3-Series, A4, ATS, etc., hands down.  But would I buy one at $50-60k?  No way.  

      mary.keana
      • 4 Months Ago

      At one time the C-class was an attractive car, but this is awful.

      Prez
      • 4 Months Ago

      I agree that the pricing on the new C class is utterly ridiculous. The fact that the base model doesn't come with standard leather interior is insane. C300 mid packaged is NOT worth $47,000, not even close.

      Hazdaz
      • 4 Months Ago

      So mid- to high-40s for a C-class and once again the automotive press is going to give the Germans a pass on their obscene prices. 


      But god forbid an American car - no matter how nice it might be - pass some imaginary $30k threshold, and 1/2 the review is spent bashing the price and bringing up images from 20 or even 30 years ago of just how crappy American cars used to be. 


      Why don't you people grow a backbone and call a spade, a spade?  Mercedes, as well as the rest of the German luxury car makers, have lost their minds when it comes to pricing out their cars.  $40k for a BASE model C, which quickly nears $50k with a few options is a rip-off made even more egregious by the flash-in-the-pan styling that will look old in just a few short years. 

        Hernan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz

        As I understand it, because the CLA now fills the bottom rung of the MB ladder, the C is moving upmarket. It certainly looks quite a bit more upmarket than the previous gen.

        Michaele
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz

        So don't buy one.

          Bruce Lee
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Michaele

          @Dexter just because you can afford it doesn't mean you wouldn't consider whether you can get a better car for $60k.  At $40K the C Class makes sense but if in order to actually get a leather interior and features luxury cars should have they're demanding $60K then it's fair to point out that this is a lousy value.  We will have to let sales speak for themselves but I think this is going to hurt C class sales.  And I say this as someone who's in their target audience.  These cars depreciate horribly as well so if you want to switch it up every few years you'll be screwed unless you settle for the stripped down lease models.  

          Dexter Morgan
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Michaele

          @Bruce Lee. If you are the target audience for this car like you claim to be, then you have not done any basic research. The new C400 is priced right in line with the 335i xDrive and a fully-equipped ATS or Q50. All these cars tip the scales at or close to $ 60K in their most well equipped guise. Perhaps you're really in the market for the C300 / 328i variants of these cars since they can be had, reasonably equipped, for mid $ 40Ks. Or you could go down a class and pick up the Lexus IS or CLA.

          Dexter Morgan
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Michaele

          Ha, isn't that right. I love how these people sit behind their screens and complain when in reality they are not even the targeted audience for these cars. The luxury car makers don't make 'stressed' merchandise and will sell every single one they can. If you're looking for 'cheap', 'bargain' or 'value' I'm sure the likes of Hyundai et al have you covered.

        Joe Liebig
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz

        Yeah, Mercedes is really stupid for making money with their cars. How dare they! Their job is to provide nice cars to everyone, just at marginal cost of production. That would be smart. Hey, why don't you ask Obama for some more free stuff?

          Joe Liebig
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joe Liebig

          @Prez:

          Since they have earned enough money to afford it, they can't be all that stupid.

          By the way, how spartan do you live?

          Prez
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joe Liebig

          No it's the people who are stupid enough to pay for it.

        Technoir
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz

        50-60k in Europe is far worse.  

      tool0117
      • 4 Months Ago

      Tastefully overpriced in any combination.

      Koenigsegg
      • 4 Months Ago

      waste of money

      joe shmoe
      • 4 Months Ago

      it's nice, but not E-class-price nice

      Michaele
      • 4 Months Ago

      Sorry, I can't get past the display screen that looks like an after thought. It stinks on the CLA and it's no better here.

      Rob
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's a pretty steep price of admission.  I know they have the CLA batting lower to help, but still.


      Sharp looking car, though.

        Dexter Morgan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rob

        Just configured a 335i xDrive and a Cadillac ATS. Their respective prices $ 60K and $ 56K. I'd say the price of admission is just fine. These higher-end trim levels aren't volume sellers anyway. Most dealers are going to be selling 8 or 9 C300s for every C400. The same goes for BMW and I'm not sure how many people are actually dropping close to $ 60K for the ATS (my guess, not many).

      Bernard
      • 4 Months Ago
      Imagine if Cadillac tried to sell a non-V ATS for $60k? People would scream about how they've lost their minds. The funny thing is, that's exactly what I think when someone spends that on a non-AMG C-class. Not to say that $80k for the AMG version isn't it's own breed of bat-guano crazy.
        Jonathan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bernard

        Ok, but you have to consider that a Cadillac isn't built the same as a Mercedes-Benz/Doesn't have the same, "image". That's why the E class outsold the STS, The S class the Devile. 

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