Rapid Review: 2015 Mercedes C300

Due to being out of town, I did not have a full session with the new 2015 C300, but I did drive it enough to know it is a MUCH improved compact luxury sedan. I call it a mini S550, and with the new front and rear-end treatment, it even looks like one.

The interior is spectacular, although the rear seat room is somewhat limited. One thing I just loved is the real wood on the dash and console, you can actually see the wood grain in it, and it’s terrific. Trunk space is good and the rear seat will fold down in a 40/20/40 configuration.

Under the hood, it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that is emitting 241-horses, and it is hooked to a 7-speed automatic. There is an optional 6-cylinder, but honestly the 4-cylinder feels like more than enough, and I loved the fuel economy. Almost all the car is aluminum, the exception being the two rear fenders. My tester is all-wheel drive and eliminates any torque steer. You can hit the agility button to set the suspension and handling, and it makes a huge difference.

Like you would expect in a Benz, it is loaded with a great sound system, navigation system, collision prevention system, keyless entry, pushbutton start, and Mercedes terrific driver drowsiness monitor.

The options on this car total $8550 and include the upgraded Burmeister sound system, heated and cooled seats, 19” AMG wheels (which are great) sport suspension, and blind spot monitoring. The options are pricey, but the overall price of the car is great.

For 2015, the C300 is 4” longer, is restyled from head-to-toe, and looks like a more expensive car than it really is. I love the chrome exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumpers, the new front fascia is spectacular, and overall, I did not find anything about this car I didn’t like. The interior quietness is incredible.

What I liked most: Looks, handling, and interior.

What I would change: Nothing.

MSRP: Base price $40,400. As equipped $49,875.

Fuel Economy: 24 City/31 highway.

Odometer reading when tested: 5250 miles.

Weight: 3594 Pounds.

Length-Width-Height: 184.5 long/79.5” wide/56.8” High.

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gallons.

Towing Capacity: N/A

2015 Mercedes C300 in a few words: A wonderful luxury compact.

Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance.

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/class/class-C/bodystyle-SDN

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

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