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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

Auto writers praise the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' opulent cabin, noting that its first-rate materials and gorgeous styling are matched by few rivals. The front seats offer good comfort and support, critics say, but they find the back seats a tight fit. Most reviewers wish the COMAND infotainment system, which is controlled using a touchpad or center-mounted knob, were more user-friendly. The C-Class' trunk space is typical for an upscale midsize car. 

  • "Lovely. Few other words suffice when it comes to describing the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan's interior, especially on the heels of the former generation, which had a cold, clinical demeanor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We'll let the photos do the talking here, but when you sit in the new C, whether up front or in back, you're sitting in the nicest cabin in this class. The still-pretty A4 has nothing on this; the 3 Series's best materials can't compare to the worst in this car. Wow." -- Road and Track (2015)
  • "What immediately stands out when you're behind the wheel of the 2015 C-Class is the interior. For cabins at this price point, it is revolutionary." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Open the driver's door and the break with tradition becomes even more obvious: in front of you is a modern and tasteful interior, perfectly functional and expertly put together." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan seats five, while the C-Class coupe seats four. Leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with driver position memory, and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel are standard. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, sport seats and a power rear window sunshade. Test drivers report that the C-Class sedan offers a supportive, comfortable driving position for most adults. Still, most critics say back-seat head- and legroom are tight.

  • "[D]rivers ranging in size from a Lilliputian five-foot jockey to a sasquatch-like six-plus-footer managed to find comfortable driving positions in the 2015 model." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "With a wheelbase of 112 inches, the new C-Class has a couple of extra inches between its wheels compared to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. It doesn't result in a significant advantage in terms of head- and legroom versus its competitors, but the cabin does feel plenty spacious for the class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Back seat room is on the cramped side but acceptable for the segment." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • Alas, the backseat still sits low to the floor - an issue in the previous C-Class, too - without a lot of payoff in headroom. Despite claimed improvement in backseat space, legroom for adults remains only adequate." -- Cars.com (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 7-inch display, a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, push-button start, driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Optional features include satellite radio, a Burmester audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot (requires subscription), a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, pedestrian and cross traffic detection with automatic braking, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes an 8.4-inch display and navigation.

Most critics think the COMAND infotainment system’s touchpad controller is poorly located and is overly sensitive to user inputs. Still, test drivers appreciate that the COMAND system can also be controlled via physical buttons and a control knob. A few also appreciate the ability to use swipe gestures and handwriting on the touchpad.

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  • "Central to the de-cluttering is a simple rotary dial and touch pad that responds to gestural inputs, swipes and handwriting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The system includes some trick shortcuts - like swiping up on (sic) while on the main screen to bring up the radio tuner - but you'll need to study up before you're able to unlock all of its secrets. Moreover, the touchpad itself is poorly positioned; it's located several inches behind where your hand naturally lands." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • For all its sheen and wonder, the touchpad isn't quite ready for prime time. We found it overly sensitive to swiping motions, often scrolling past a desired submenu. … Fortunately, the dial and buttons act as a redundancy to the touchpad and we found it faster to simply twist and scroll our way through the navigation, phone and entertainment menus." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The latest version of COMAND infotainment system has gained additional functionality but lost a lot more in usability." -- Road and Track (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is close to average for the class. The coupe model has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk room. Split-folding back seats are standard. Optional features include a power trunk lid and a hands-free trunk opener, which is activated by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

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