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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class lands in the top third of our luxury small car rankings. It has refined cabin materials and a cushioned ride, but it’s complicated infotainment system and subpar predicted reliability hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard and optional features
  • Upscale interior materials
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Complex infotainment interface
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • High average list price

New for 2019

  • Refreshed front and rear exterior styling
  • Updated standard turbocharged engine
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Enhanced driver assistance features

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.9
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 C-Class is a good used luxury small car. It's available as a sedan, coupe, and convertible, and it boasts a lengthy list of standard and available amenities inside its elegantly styled cabin. The C-Class also delivers stable handling and offers powerful engine options. On the down side, it has a below-average predicted reliability rating and higher average prices than most competitors.

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How Much is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Based on listings for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the average list price is $32,362. Prices range from $41,400 to $83,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 C-Class' five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: What's the Difference?

The 2019 C-Class has some significant differences compared to the 2018 model. For 2019, Mercedes refreshed the front and rear exterior styling, debuted a new turbocharged base engine, added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the standard features list, and introduced new and updated active safety features. Additionally, a 10.25-inch infotainment display became standard in the coupe and convertible models and available in the sedan.

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Here are the key changes for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class since it was redesigned for 2015:

  • 2016: coupe trims discontinued; C 400 trim replaced by C 450 AMG; C 350e plug-in hybrid added to the lineup
  • 2017: coupe trims reintroduced; C 300 cabriolet model and three AMG cabriolet models debuted
  • 2018: gained standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a rearview camera; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available
  • 2019: received updated exterior styling and a new turbocharged engine in the base model and gained new and updated infotainment and safety features

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 C-Class, 2017 C-Class, and 2018 C-Class reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Recalls

There have been 13 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS Recall Date: 03/18/2021
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017-2020 C300 Coupe, C43 Coupe AMG, C43 AMG, 2015-2020 C300, GLA250, 2016-2018 C350e, CLA45 Coupe AMG, 2015 C400, S65 AMG, 2015-2019 C63 AMG, 2016 C450, 2015-2016 GLA45 AMG, S600, 2016-2020 GLC300, 2017-2019 GLC43 AMG, GLE43 Coupe AMG, 2014-2019 CLA250 Coupe, 2014-2015 CLA45 AMG, 2018 GLC63 AMG, 2014-2017 S550, 2018-2020 S450, 2016-2019 GLE63 Coupe AMG, 2016 GLE450 Coupe, 2014-2020 S63 AMG, 2018-2019 S560, and 2019 GLC350e vehicles equipped with a panoramic sunroof. The front roof panel located between the windshield and the panoramic sunroof may not have been bonded correctly to the vehicle during a prior repair.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 15096
  • Consequence: The adhesive bonding of the front panel might deteriorate, possibly causing the front panel to detach from the vehicle and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 14, 2021. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 21V197000
COMMUNICATION Recall Date: 02/11/2021
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017-2019 C300, E300, 2018-2020 CLA250, 2020 CLS450, AMG E53, AMG GT53, GLE450, 2018 AMG E63, AMG GTA, 2017-2020 GLA250, GLC300, 2019 GLC350, AMG GLC43, 2017-2018 GLE350, 2019 AMG GLC 43, GLC350, GLE400, 2017 GLS450, S550, C300 Cabrio, and 2018-2019 S560 vehicles. The communication module might have been inadvertently deactivated during a service visit, which could have disabled the Emergency Call (eCall) function.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 58
  • Consequence: A disabled eCall system would prevent a vehicle occupant from contacting emergency services through the call center in an emergency, potentially delaying emergency responders and increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the communication module and activate it, if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 13, 2021. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 21V072000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE Recall Date: 02/04/2021
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2016 - 2021 CLA-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, SLC-Class, A-Class, GT-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS-Class, SL-Class, B-Class, GLB-Class, GLC-Class, and G-Class vehicles. Please refer to the Part 573 report for specific vehicle model details. The software design of the communication module may fail to communicate the correct vehicle location for the emergency call system (eCall) in the event of a crash.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1292258
  • Consequence: Failure of the eCall system may result in emergency responders being dispatched to the wrong location, increasing the risk of injury following a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and the communication module software will be updated by a dealer, or through an over-the-air (OTA) update, free of charge. The recall began March 12, 2021. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-877-762-8267. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2021020025.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2021020025
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 21V058000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR Recall Date: 01/28/2021
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017-2021 C300, 2017-2020 AMG C43, and AMG C63 vehicles. The front seat belts might not fully retract to their stowed position. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 24550
  • Consequence: If the seat belt does not fully retract, the occupant may find the operation of the seat belt inconvenient and not wear it, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will check the retraction function of the front seat belts and adjust the damping foam within the B-pillars, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 26, 2021. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2021020010.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2021020010
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 21V032000
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES Recall Date: 10/01/2020
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 C300 vehicles. The center console lock-system might not lock properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 201, "Occupant Protection In Interior Impact."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 7
  • Consequence: In the event of a rear-end crash, the center console lid may open, increasing the risk of injury to occupants.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will check the center console storage compartment, and replace it, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 30, 2020. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020100006.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2020100006
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V608000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WARNING LIGHT/DEVICES Recall Date: 07/30/2020
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 C300, C300 Coupe, CLS450, E450 Coupe and S450, 2017-2019 E300, 2018 E400 Coupe, E400 Stationwagon, and 2018-2019 S560 vehicles that have previously had the instrument cluster replaced. The software in the replaced instrument cluster may cause the seat belt warning system to not operate properly, only displaying a solid warning light if either the driver or passenger seat belt is unfastened, instead of a blinking light with an audible tone.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 56
  • Consequence: Without the audible tone and blinking warning light to remind the front seat occupants that their seat belts are not buckled, they may forget to buckle their seat belt, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, free of charge. The recall began September 8, 2020. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020080015.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2020080015
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V449000
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL Recall Date: 07/05/2020
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019-2020 C63 AMG, C63 AMG S, AMG GT 53, AMG GT 63, AMG GT 63 S, and 2020 GLC 63 AMG, GLC 63 AMG S vehicles. An incorrect Electronic Stability Program (ESP) software version may cause the ESP system to react inaccurately. On December 18, 2020, an additional 360 vehicles were added to the recall population.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5399
  • Consequence: If the ESP does not react properly to a driving situation, it may increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESP software, free of charge. The recall began August 28, 2020. Letters for the owners of the 360 additional vehicles were mailed January 15, 2021. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020080016.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2020080016
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V395000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:12V/24V/48V BATTERY Recall Date: 08/08/2019
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018-2019 C300, C300 4MATIC, and C43 AMG 4MATIC vehicles. The mounting bracket for the 12-volt battery may not be secured. This may allow the battery to shift, possibly disconnecting the terminals in the event of a crash.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 26584
  • Consequence: Loss of power from the battery can impair post-crash functions, such as communicating with emergency services and activating hazard lights. The battery may also detach and become a road hazard. Either of these scenarios can increase the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the battery mounting bracket, free of charge. The recall began October 18, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019090010.
  • Dates of Manufacture: AUG 01, 2018 to JUL 20, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019090010
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V586000
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: SENSING SYSTEM: RADAR Recall Date: 07/18/2019
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 C300 Cabrio, C300A Cabrio 4MATIC, C300 Coupe, C300 Coupe 4MATIC, C300, C300 4MATIC, C43 AMG Cabrio 4MATIC, C43 AMG Coupe 4MATIC, C43 AMG 4MATIC, C63 AMG Cabrio, C63S AMG Cabrio, C63 AMG Coupe, C63S AMG Coupe, C63 AMG, C63S AMG, CLS450, CLS450 4MATIC, CLS53 AMG 4MATIC, E300, E300 4MATIC, E450 Cabrio, E450 Cabrio 4MATIC, E450 Coupe, E450 Coupe 4MATIC, E450 Wagon 4MATIC, E450 4MATIC, E53 AMG Cabrio 4MATIC, E53 AMG Coupe 4MATIC, E53 AMG 4MATIC, E63S AMG 4MATIC, E63S AMG Wagon 4MATIC, S450, S450 4MATIC, S560 Cabrio, S560 Coupe 4MATIC, S560, S560 4MATIC, S560 4MATIC Maybach, S63 AMG Cabrio 4MATIC, S63 AMG Coupe 4MATIC, S63 AMG 4MATIC, S65 AMG Cabrio, S65 AMG, and AMG GT53 Coupe 4MATIC vehicles, and 2020 GLC300 Coupe 4MATIC, GLE350 4MATIC, and GLE450 4MATIC vehicles equipped with the Driver Assistance Package. A software error in the radar sensor control unit may impair the functionality of the Active Brake Assist.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1957
  • Consequence: An impaired Active Brake Assist may not automatically apply partial or full braking as expected, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the radar sensor control unit software, free of charge. The recall began September 13, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019080008.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 18, 2018 to JUL 02, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019080008
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V540000
PARKING BRAKE Recall Date: 12/18/2018
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA,LLC (Mercedes) is recalling certain 2019 C43 AMG, C43 AMG Cabrio, C43 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, C300 4MATIC, C300 4MATIC Coupe, C300 Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 4MATIC Cabrio, and C300 vehicles. After parking and exiting the vehicle, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) software may prevent the electronic parking brake from being disengaged when returning to the vehicle, unless the ESP system is deactivated.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 675
  • Consequence: Driving the vehicle with the ESP system deactivated could increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mercedes has notified owners, and dealers will update the ESP system software, free of charge. The recall began January 29, 2019. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes' number for this recall is 2018120025.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 04, 2017 to NOV 25, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2018120025
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V909000
STEERING:RACK AND PINION:RACK Recall Date: 11/28/2018
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Mercedes Benz C300, 2017-2019 C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, C63 Cabrio, 2015 C63S AMG, 2018-2019 C300, C350e, C63 AMG, C63S AMG Cabrio, 2018 C63 AMG Cabrio, C63 AMG Coupe, C63S AMG, C63S AMG Coupe, E300, E400 Cabrio, E400 Coupe, 2019 CLS450, E450 Cabrio, and E450 Coupe rear-wheel drive vehicles. A locknut in the steering rack may break under high load, possibly causing the steering to become stuck in one position.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 6373
  • Consequence: A car that cannot be properly steered has an increased risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering rack, free of charge. The recall began August 23, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019080012.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JAN 01, 2018 to OCT 04, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019080012
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V850000
SEAT BELTS Recall Date: 11/26/2018
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 C300 4Matic Cabriolet, C43 AMG Cabriolet, C300 Cabriolet, C300 Coupe, C300 4Matic Coupe, C43 AMG Coupe, E450 Coupe, E53 AMG Cabriolet, S450, S560, E450 Cabriolet, E450 4Matic Cabriolet, E450 4Matic Coupe, E53 AMG Coupe, S450 4Matic, S560 4Matic, S63 AMG and S65 AMG vehicles and Mercedes-Mayback S650 and S560 4 Matic vehicles. A correctly fastened seatbelt may be inaccurately detected as being unfastened, preventing the seat belt pre-tensioners from activating in the event of a crash.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 4969
  • Consequence: If the seat belt tensioning does not activate in the event of a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt buckles, free of charge. The recall began March 18, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019020012.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 19, 2018 to OCT 25, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019020012
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V839000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:SOFTWARE Recall Date: 10/28/2018
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300, C300 4Matic, C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C43 AMG, C43 AMG Cabrio, C43 AMG Coupe, CLS450, CLS450 4Matic, CLS53 AMG 4Matic, E53 AMG 4Matic, E450 4Matic, E450 4Matic Coupe, E53 AMG 4Matic Coupe, G550, and G63 AMG vehicles. The Central Powertrain Controller (CPC) control unit could reset while driving, possibly causing an engine stall.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 119
  • Consequence: An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the CPC control unit software, free of charge. The recall began April 12, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019030012.
  • Dates of Manufacture: DEC 06, 2017 to OCT 18, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019030012
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V761000

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

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in four trims: C 300, AMG C 43, AMG C 63, and AMG C 63 S. You can choose from sedan, coupe, or convertible (also known as cabriolet) body styles and either rear- or all-wheel drive. The base C 300 trim is a fine choice for most shoppers. It comes with a fairly lengthy list of comfort and safety features, and its engine provides plenty of power. The C 300 also costs a lot less than the AMG models.

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300: The C 300 trim comes with a 255-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and HD Radio are standard. Sedan models have a 7-inch infotainment display, while coupe and convertible models come standard with a 10.25-inch display. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, attention assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Mercedes Pre-Safe system, and extended active brake assist.
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43: The C 43 trim features a 385-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It also comes with a sport-tuned suspension and exhaust, heated front sport seats, and a 10.25-inch display.
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63: The AMG C 63 trim comes with a 469-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, the enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a limited-slip differential.
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S: The AMG C 63 S trim comes with a 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, the enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, adjustable traction control, and dynamic engine mounts.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the C-Class?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded 2019 C-Class a Top Safety Pick+ designation, along with the highest rating of Good in all six crashworthiness tests.

Depending on the trim, the C-Class received the highest rating of Good or the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The C-Class earned the highest rating of Superior for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, the lowest rating of Basic for its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian system, and a Superior rating for its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 C-Class.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Attention assist
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Mercedes Pre-Safe (closes the windows and tightens seat belts when it senses a collision)
  • Extended active brake assist (warns you of impending forward collisions and applies the brakes if needed)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic park assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Forward cross traffic alert
  • Steering and speed limit assist
  • Head-up display

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2019 BMW 3 Series?

The 2019 BMW 3 Series has a more engaging ride than the C-Class thanks to sharper handling and more responsive steering. The 3 Series also has a marginally higher predicted reliability rating, a larger cargo area, and increased utility with its Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo hatchback models (Mercedes doesn't offer the C-Class as a hatchback). That said, the Mercedes is a better choice for comfort-focused shoppers. A base used C-Class will likely cost you less than the base 3 Series, and it comes with more safety features and nicer interior materials. And while the Benz isn’t as athletic as the Bimmer, it delivers a supple ride that will please many drivers. You can also get the C-Class in coupe and convertible body styles, neither of which are available for the 3 Series.

Which Is Better: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2019 Audi A4?

The 2019 Audi A4 costs less on average than the C-Class while offering just as many standard features, including Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, and forward collision warning. The Audi also has more passenger space in its second row and a larger cargo capacity than the Mercedes. While the A4’s performance-oriented S4 model doesn’t have as much engine power as the C-Class’ AMG models, it has a powerful lineup of turbocharged engines and offers more-engaging driving dynamics. Most buyers will likely prefer the A4 over the C-Class.

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2019 C-Class Performance

How Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Drive?

Mercedes is known for delivering a comfortable ride, and this small luxury car lives up to that reputation. The C-Class features four selectable driving modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Sport+ – that take the ride from plush to firm.

The C 300’s base turbocharged four-cylinder engine has plenty of power, and its standard transmission delivers timely shifts. However, the performance-oriented AMG variants make for a more exhilarating drive.

  • Base engine: 255-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (C 300)
  • Available engines:
    • 385-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (AMG C 43)
    • 469-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (AMG C 63)
    • 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (AMG C 63 S)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic (C 300); enhanced nine-speed automatic (AMG models)
Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard C 300 sedan gets about average fuel economy numbers for the luxury small car class, and it has the best EPA estimates in the C-Class lineup. Estimates for coupe models drop by a few mpg, and they dip by a couple more for the convertible models. The numbers below are for the sedan body style.

  • 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, FWD: 23/34 mpg city/highway
  • 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, AWD: 19/27 mpg
  • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, FWD: 18/27 mpg

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2019 C-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 C-Class Seat?

The 2019 C-Class seats five people in sedan models and four people in coupe and convertible models. The front seats are comfortable and feature supportive side bolstering to keep you in place when cornering. Although, there’s a generous amount of space in the front row, only sedan models have decent rear-seat space.

The C-Class’ cabin is arguably the best in the class thanks to opulent materials like wood trim and its high-end design that includes retro-looking air vents.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Sport seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2019 C-Class has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

The C-Class features an up-to-date infotainment system that comes standard with smartphone integration technology and a large 10.25-inch display (7-inches is standard in the sedan). Unlike many rivals, however, the C-Class does not come with a user-friendly touch screen. Instead, you operate the infotainment system via a standard control knob or available touchpad controller, which makes it difficult to navigate the many menu options.

  • Standard infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display in sedan models, and a 10.25-inch display in coupe and convertible models
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a touchpad controller, navigation, voice command, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a proximity key
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof, a power rear sunshade, and rear side-window sunshades

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cargo Space

The C-Class sedan has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the luxury small car class. However, cargo space in coupe and cabriolet body styles is below average. There’s 10.5 cubic feet in coupe models and 8.8 cubic feet in cabriolets.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Length and Weight
  • Length: about 15 feet, 4 inches to 15 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,472 to 4,275 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz built the 2019 C-Class in Germany, East London, South Africa, and China.

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