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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers say that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an attractive, elegant cabin that’s constructed with high-quality materials. However, the C-Class’ back seat isn’t the most accommodating in the class, and some reviewers feel that its tech features could be easier to use.

  • "C-Class interiors are tastefully finished with the padded surfaces and upscale trim that is expected at this price level. The brushed aluminum trim in Sport models looks great, and the available Burl Walnut trim adds some warmth." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is elegant yet relatively understated inside." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most surfaces are soft-touch, but the overall effect is sober high quality rather than sybaritic luxury." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


The five-seat 2013 C-Class sedan comes with leatherette upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats are optional. C-Class coupes seat four and come similarly equipped. Test drivers agree that while C-Class sedans and coupes offer good front-seat passenger space and outward visibility, their back seats aren’t the most spacious in the class. As a result, one reviewer comments that the C-Class may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a family sedan.

  • "The steering wheel tilts and is telescopic, and even taller occupants should have enough headroom and legroom. Thin roof pillars help overall visibility." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Rear-seat space is a bit tight in the 5-passenger sedan, and even more cramped in the coupe, which seats four and has a lower roofline that can bump against heads." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where the sedan has a five-place interior that can accommodate at least two rear-seat riders in comfort, the coupe is strictly a 2+2. Those second two actually have decent legroom, but foot room is tight and so is headroom, despite a strategically scooped out section in the ceiling." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Though the current-generation C-Class is bigger than previous editions, it's hardly the best choice for growing families. Some might find a child seat difficult to install in the narrow, bucketlike backseat positions, and the 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side." -- Edmunds (2011)

Interior Features

The base C250 sedan comes with standard features that include a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes a 5.8-inch LCD display, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Optional features include push-button start, navigation, a backup camera, parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and satellite radio.

While test drivers are impressed with the C-Class’ high-quality interior materials, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment and navigation systems get mixed reviews. One auto writer says that the COMAND system makes simple adjustments more difficult than they should be. However, another reviewer writes that it is easy to control an iPod with the system. With varying opinions on the system’s ease of use, make sure you give the C-Class’ electronic features a close look before you buy.

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  • "Regrettably, the audio controls are more complicated. Most basic functions are governed with a convenient knob and buttons, but other operations are accessed through a console-mounted ‘joyknob’ and dash-mounted screen, which also control the available navigation system." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls are straightforward for this class of car, and Mercedes' optional COMAND electronics interface is fairly easy to use; the iPod interface is particularly user-friendly. The COMAND screen no longer pops out of the dash like before, and it seems like a good change to us, as it's a cleaner look and one less thing to go wrong." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The C-Class Sport models get the flat-bottomed, three-spoke, leather-covered steering wheel. M-B aficionados will recognize the design as an AMG cue. Covered in perforated leather, it feels and looks good." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)


The 2013 C-Class sedan has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a German luxury car. C-Class coupes have slightly less room, with 11.7 cubic feet. If you need more trunk space, consider rivals like the Acura TL, Buick Regal Turbo and Lexus ES. Unlike many rival cars, split-folding rear seats are optional in C250 and C300 sedans. However, folding rear seats come standard in the C350 sedan and in all coupe models.

  • "The trunk is narrow, but the cargo area itself is deep and nicely trimmed. Covered hinges help too." -- Consumer Guide

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