2020 C-Class New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class family of cars counts three body styles and four powertrains. The sedan, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible) were last redesigned as 2015 models.
Revisions for the 2019 model year are both visible and beneath the surface. Most notable is the new base engine, with 14 more horsepower. The AMG C 43 version has gained 23 horsepower.
Front and rear ends, including bumpers, have been restyled, with newly-designed LED headlights and taillights. Smartphone integration is now standard, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. A new multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, and the AMG C 63 model gains an AMG-specific grille.
Striking in profile, today's C-Class is among the best-looking automobiles in its category, regardless of body. Each body style comes in four trim levels.
In the base C 300, the new 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine makes 255 horsepower. Its 9-speed automatic transmission is carried over. Acceleration to 60 mph takes about 6.0 seconds. Rear-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive an option.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 turns to a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, developing 385 horsepower (up 23). Equipped with 9-speed automatic, an AMG-tuned suspension, and driver-selectable settings, the C 43 can reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Adaptive shock absorbers are standard, but an air suspension is not included.
The retuned AMG C 63 holds a 4.0-liter V-8 that generates 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet ? or 503 hp and 516 pound-feet in C 63 S form. Serving as the snarling beast of the C-Class family, the C 63 needs a tad less than 4 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Every C-Class contains a generous collection of standard crash-avoidance technology. The NHTSA has given the recent C-Class a five-star overall rating, while the IIHS has reported 'Good'? results.
Every C-Class comes with automatic emergency braking. An optional suite of safety features includes blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
C 300 Sedan ($41,400 with rear-wheel drive, $43,400 with 4Matic all-wheel drive) comes with a power driver's seat, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, keyless ignition, wood trim, smartphone integration, and 17-inch wheels. Mercedes-Benz's infotainment system includes a 7.0-inch display screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.
C 300 Coupe ($43,800 with RWD, $45,800 with AWD) includes a 10.25-inch infotainment display, 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, panoramic sunroof, and wireless smartphone charging. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster display is optional.
C 300 Cabriolet ($51,850 with RWD, $53,850 with AWD) adds neck-level air vents, heated front seats, and choice of four fabric top colors.
AMG C 43 Sedan ($55,250) steps up to the 385-horsepower V-6 with rear-drive, adding a sport suspension, adaptive three-stage damping, AMG Speedshift 9-speed automatic, 10.25-inch screen, and 18-inch wheels.
AMG C 43 Coupe ($57,450) is equipped similar to C 300 coupe, but with aero-enhanced 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels.
AMG C 43 Cabriolet ($63,650) is equipped similar to C 300 cabriolet.
AMG C 63 Sedan V-8 ($67,000) gets an AMG-specific grille, extended drive modes, electronic limited-slip differential, nine-setting traction control, and ride-control suspension.
AMG C 63 Coupe V-8 ($68,750) is equipped similar to C 63 sedan.
AMG C 63 Cabriolet V-8 ($76,100) is equipped similar to C 63 sedan.
AMG C 63 S Sedan V-8 ($74,600) features dynamic mounts for its 503-horsepower V-8, plus leather upholstery.
AMG C 63 S Coupe V-8 ($76,450) is equipped similar to C 63 S sedan.
AMG C 63 S Cabriolet V-8 ($83,800) is equipped similar to C 63 S sedan..