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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior Review

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Interior: 8.5

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an upscale and elegant interior that's rife with premium materials. It offers plush front seats, with sufficient room for passengers in the sedan's second row. Coupe and convertible models offer little back-seat space. Cargo room is about average for the class. The C-Class offers a long list of standard and optional features, but it takes time to get used to some of the controls.

  • "The rest of the interior is a knockout, as it's been since the C-Class debuted in 2015." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior remains pleasantly fashionable with controls that are easy to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "The designo Hyacinth Red metallic paint of our tester also brilliantly shines and its Magma Gray/Black leather is super comfortable and tastefully appointed." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan seats five, and coupe and convertible models seat four. Power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery are standard. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, Nappa leather, front sport seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The C-Class' front seats provide all-day comfort and plenty of support for long drives or spirited back-road adventures. The sedan has decent space for rear-seat passengers, though it can be snug when the front seats are pushed back. Second-row accommodations are very tight in the coupe and cabriolet models.

The C-Class has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. Coupe and convertible models do not have a third tether anchor. The lower anchors are easy to find, and there's enough room to move your hands around them. Attaching the seat straps to the anchors requires little effort.

  • It's hard to fault the front seats in any model, though the sedan's rear legroom is a tad tight if tall folks are sitting up front. Naturally, rear passenger space is a little tighter in the coupe and cabriolet versions, but still bearable for an adult of average size." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • The standard front seats offer enough adjustment to allow drivers of any size and shape to find their optimal setting. Padding is firm, but the well-contoured surfaces make them comfortable for hours on end. Lateral support is more than adequate for the cornering limits of this car. … The rear seats have barely enough legroom for the average adult, and headroom is limited with the top up. The space feels claustrophobic in back." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Pragmatically, rear-seat legroom can be tight for taller passengers, and coupe and convertible model[s] trade the sedan's 3-passenger bench for a pair of more sculpted seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 C-Class include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a sunroof, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and attention assist driver drowsiness monitoring.

Optional features include satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a Burmester surround-sound system, voice command activation, a panoramic sunroof, rear side-window sunshades, a power rear sunshade, a 10.25-inch infotainment display screen, a touchpad controller, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, wireless device charging, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, a surround-view camera, forward cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, automatic park assist, adaptive cruise control, steering and speed limit assist, and a head-up display.

The C-Class' upgraded tech features give the car a modern look and feel. However, some may find the amount of information in the digital instrument cluster overwhelming, and the touch-sensitive steering wheel controls take some getting used to. The COMAND infotainment system is more difficult to use than competitors' systems, with hard-to-navigate menus and a confounding touchpad controller.

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  • Buyers can opt for an all-digital cluster that replaces the traditional speedo and tach with a 12.3-inch configurable display. In the center of the console, the 'floating screen' is now a little less prominent. Going from a square shape to a squat rectangle makes it feel more harmonious and less of a tacked-on afterthought. It's bigger now, too, with the standard screen measuring 7.0 inches and the upgraded display clocking in at 10.3 inches. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard across the board." -- Motor Trend
  • Inside, one of the more pronounced new features is a 10.25-inch screen that can be had in place of the standard 7-inch display. To the left of that and directly in front of the driver, is an available 12.3-inch digital dash that can relay everything from speed to navigational maps. Together, the setup isn't as slick as the dual, flush-mounted screens of the E-Class and S-Class, but they do help keep the C-Class among the most tech-savvy of compact luxury sedans, right up there with the Audi A4." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • As in the E-, G- and other recently redone Benz models, the portmanteau 'infotainment' goes heavy on the 'information' portion. The configurable digital dash can pile the screen with so much data that the area behind the wheel looks like a readout from Goddard Space Flight Center. The Classic and Sport themes put an over-designed speedometer dial on the left side, and two customizable areas in the center and on the right. We chose the Supersport theme with a central tachometer encircling a digital speed readout. Simple. Less simple are the new steering wheel's touch-sensitive control wheels, but we eventually got used to them." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. Cargo space decreases to 10.5 cubic feet in the coupe and 8.8 cubic feet in cabriolet models. A split-folding rear seat is standard, and a power trunk lid is optional.

  • "The rear seats fold 40/20/40-split and there's ample storage space in the trunk." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Fortunately, the top doesn't take up too much space in the trunk when down, leaving enough room for two golf bags or a few soft-sided bags." -- CNET (2017)

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