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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class sits in the bottom half of our luxury compact car rankings. Although it has an opulent interior, comfortable handling, and punchy engines, the C-Class has a low reliability rating and a finicky infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Punchy engines
  • Luxurious interior
  • Low reliability rating
  • Touchy infotainment system with finicky touchpad

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a Good Used Car?          

The 2015 C-Class is a good used luxury compact car, but be conscious of its reliability rating. It has confident performance, one of the ritziest cabins in the class, and excellent safety scores. If you're looking for sporty handling, though, you're probably better off with a rival.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 28 professional evaluations for this 2015 Mercedes-Benz C- Class review to help you make an informed buying decision.  

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How Much Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Based on over 3,400 listings, the 2015 C-Class has prices ranging from about $20,000 to roughly $31,000. The average price is around $25,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are estimated to be about $31,517. That’s above average for a luxury compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New C-Class?

The 2019 C-Class has a starting price of $41,400, which is a far cry from the 2015 model’s price range. However, a new model has many additional standard features, including a nine-speed automatic transmission, push-button start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and upgraded active safety features. The 2019 model also received refreshed exterior styling. These are significant improvements to the 2019 C-Class, but the price hike may be too high for some. Your budget determines which C-Class model to buy.

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You won’t be able to get a new luxury small car for the same price as a used 2015 C-Class.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is Best?

The C-Class sedan was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year. The coupe carried over unchanged from the previous generation, which dates to the 2012 model year.

For 2016, Mercedes introduced the C 350e Plug-in Hybrid, and coupes were put on hiatus. The C 300 Cabriolet was introduced for the 2017 model year. For 2018, the C-Class received a new standard nine-speed transmission. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz added a proximity key, push-button start, and a rearview camera to the C-Class’ standard features list, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available. The 2019 C-Class has refreshed exterior styling, as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, additional safety features, and a new standard turbocharged engine.

The 2019 C-Class is the best model, but it comes with a hefty price increase of more than $20,000 compared to the 2015 model. You can save money and get a similar vehicle with a 2018 C-Class instead.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has eight recalls. They include headlamps that may be misaligned, possible steering loss, and leaks from an improperly installed fuel delivery module. The remaining recalls involve a starting current limiter that may overheat, the wrong control unit software being installed, inadvertent driver air bag deployment, and a rear axle mounting flange that may fracture. Make sure a Mercedes dealer has fixed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 C-Class.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is Right for Me?

If you're looking for a C-Class sedan, stick with the base C 300. It has loads of features, plenty of engine power, and the lowest price in the trim lineup. Coupe shoppers will want to step up to the C 350 model since the base C 250 coupe's engine is underwhelming.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz C-Class Warranty

If you’re going to buy a C-Class, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model since this car earns such a low reliability rating. Mercedes-Benz offers one of the best CPO programs, according to our analysis.

Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully. 3

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How Safe Is the C-Class?

The 2015 C-Class earned a top rating of Good in every crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the C-Class an overall rating of four out of five stars.

All C-Class sedans have driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Some models also have a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is basically a less expensive C-Class. While the CLA's cabin looks upscale, it can't match the C-Class' opulence. The CLA has mostly nice interior materials, but there are more plastic surfaces than you'll find in the more expensive C-Class. The CLA also has a bumpier ride than the C-Class. Stick with the C-Class.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2015 Audi A4?

The C-Class and the 2015 Audi A4 are similar in all respects except reliability ratings. They both have confident yet comfortable rides and high-end interiors, but each has a touchy infotainment system. The A4 offers more back-seat passenger space, but the C-Class has a longer list of advanced safety features. However, the A4’s above-average reliability rating is higher than the C-Class’ rating, which is the lowest possible. The Audi is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2015 BMW 4 Series?

While the 2015 BMW 4 Series is more of a driver's car, the C-Class is more of a luxurious cruiser. The 4 Series has nimbler handling, but the C-Class has a more upscale cabin. There's more passenger and cargo space in the 4 Series, but its infotainment system is even more cumbersome to use than the one in the C-Class. However, the BMW’s above-average reliability makes it a better choice than the C-Class, which earns a poor rating.

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2015 C-Class Performance

How Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Drive?

Though it's not exceptionally athletic, the C-Class boasts solid road manners and powerful engines. Both sedan and coupe models strike a good balance between a comfortable ride and composed handling. Bumps and shakes from the road are easily absorbed, and corners are handled with confidence and composure. The AMG models have much firmer rides, but they also have sharper handling.

C-Class sedans are available with one of three engines: a turbocharged 241-horsepower, four-cylinder (C 300 trim); a 329-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 (C400); or a 469-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 (C63 AMG). The C63 S model has the same engine as the C63 AMG, but it produces 503 horsepower.

C-Class coupe models have three different powertrains: a 201-horsepower turbo four-cylinder (C 250 trim); a 302-horsepower V6 (C 350); and a 451-horsepower V8 (C63 AMG). All engines come with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

All of the sedans have quick acceleration, thanks in part to their punchy engines. Only the base C 250 coupe feels underpowered. The V8-powered AMG models have enough power to throw you back into your seat.

Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy in the C-Class sedan ranges from an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the C 300, which is decent for the segment, to a low of 18/24 mpg city/highway with the C63 AMG sedan. Fuel economy in the C-Class coupe ranges from an EPA-rated 21/31 mpg for the C 250 coupe to a low of 13/19 mpg for the C63 AMG coupe.

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2015 C-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 C-Class Seat?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan seats five, while the C-Class coupe seats four. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear seats are cramped in both sedan and coupe models, with little head- or legroom.

The C-Class has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, with a high-end design and first-rate materials throughout. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats with driver position memory settings. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The outboard rear seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and sedan models have an additional upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the C-Class LATCH system its top rating of Good for ease of use.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

The C-Class has a solid list of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and push-button start. More advanced features are available, such as a Burmester premium audio system, navigation, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

The infotainment system in the C-Class gained a new touchpad controller for the 2015 model year. This system is not easy to use, and the touchpad can be hard to reach and overly sensitive. Fortunately, there are physical buttons and a control knob for some functions, so you can avoid the finicky touchpad.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cargo Space

The C-Class sedan has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk room, which is less cargo space than many rivals have. The coupe’s trunk has 11.7 cubic feet.

2015 C-Class Length and Weight

Sedan and AMG coupe models are 15.4 feet long, while all other coupes are 15.1 feet. The C-Class has a curb weight ranging 3,417 to 3,816 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 2015 C-Class in Alabama.

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