2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level sports sedan has been thoroughly redesigned for the 2022 model year but the C-class sticks with its winning formula of luxury and prestige at an affordable price. The modernization gives the C-class what it needs to better battle rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-seriesand Genesis G70. The cabin is where we see the most modernization, as the C-class inherits styling elements and technology from the S-class sedan. Like the outgoing C-class, the 2022 model is built on a rear-drive platform, is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and offers all-wheel drive as an option. Handling is confident and the C-class can easily be hustled through twisty bits of road, but we’ve found the ride to be unforgiving over rough patches of pavement and the steering less communicative than the car’s sports-sedan mission requires. Besides its dynamic shortcomings, the C-class continues the tradition of mimicking the style and substance of the flagship S-class sedan in a smaller, more affordable package.

What’s New for 2022?

In short: Everything. Even though the new C-class’s styling isn’t a huge departure from the 2021 model, the 2022 model year marks the start of a new generation with more luxury and a greater number of high-tech features.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Rather than serve up a la carte options, as it did on the previous generation car, Mercedes-Benz offers three distinct trim levels on the 2022 C-class: Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. We think the mid-range Exclusive trim should satisfy the broadest swath of buyers, as it includes niceties such as a 360-degree exterior camera system, a self-parking feature, wireless smartphone charging, and a Burmester premium stereo system. Although we expect Mercedes will continue to offer the C-class in coupe and convertible body styles, only the sedan will be available at launch. All models come standard with a large infotainment display, a digital gauge display, heated front seats, automated high-beam headlamps, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a sunroof, and much more. Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system is optional, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide if you need it.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

All 2022 C-class models are powered by the same 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and wear the name C300 on their shapely trunklid. The turbo four is enhanced by a 48-volt hybrid system that can temporarily provide up to 20 extra horsepower. All-wheel drive remains an option with rear-wheel drive being the standard setup; a nine-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered. In our testing, the all-wheel drive C300 4Matic hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, beating the previous generation C-class by 0.1 second. Handling is spry, as expected from a compact sports sedan, but we were disappointed with the lack of steering feel and the flinty ride quality. Braking performance was good and the C300 stopped from 70 mph in just 154 feet, but we’d appreciate a firmer pedal feel.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that rear-wheel drive examples of the C-class should deliver up to 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway; adding all-wheel drive drops those figures by 2 mpg each to 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. In our 75-mph highway fuel economy testthe all-wheel drive C300 4Matic beat its highway rating with a 35 mpg result. For more information about the C-class’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The most dramatic change for the C-class comes in the form of a new high-tech cabin. All models come with a digital gauge display, touch-sensitive controls, and a host of amenities. The new model sports a steering wheel that looks similar to that of the S-class sedan, and Mercedes offers a generous list of standard luxury features such as heated front seats with memory settings, a sunroof, open-pore wood trim, and aluminum accents . Overall, the C-class is about 2.5-inches longer than the outgoing model and its wheelbase has been stretched by an inch. Mercedes-Benz says that results in more rear-seat legroom, but in real-life the difference is negligible.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A large, 12.3-inch vertically oriented infotainment display similar to the one in the redesigned S-class sedan sweeps up from the center console and toward a trio of round air vents on the upper dashboard. The touchscreen is tilted slightly toward the driver for easier use while driving and runs the most up-to-date version of Mercedes’s MBUX infotainment system—complete with the voice-activated digital assistant, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and online access via a Wi-Fi hotspot. All models also come with an 11.9-inch digital gauge display and a fingerprint sensor to authenticate the driver’s unique profile for memory settings. A head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, an ambient lighting system, and a Burmester surround sound stereo system are all optional extras.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Mercedes equips the C-class with a host of standard driver-assistance features but unfortunately the car’s coolest tech, which includes an adaptive cruise-control system that utilizes navigation data to adjust the vehicle’s speed for upcoming curves and roundabouts, is still optional. For more information about the C-class’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Although rivals such as BMW, Genesisand Volvo offer three years of complimentary maintenance, Mercedes-Benz omits that benefit from its standard warranty offerings. Otherwise, all new Benz’s come with an industry-standard plan that covers most things for up to four years or 50,000 miles.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $46,600/$63,590
Options: Pinnacle trim package (Burmester surround sound, surround-view system, navigation with augmented video, head-up display), $3950; AMG line (sport suspension and steering, flat-bottom steering wheel, cross-drilled brake rotors, AMG body kit), $3400; nappa leather, $2590; driver assistance package (adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active brake assist), $1700; LED headlamps, $1100; sunroof, $1000; Selenite gray paint, $750; 19-inch wheels, $600; ventilated front seats, $450; SiriusXM radio, $350; extra 12V and USB ports, $300; heated steering wheel, $250; dash cam, $200; wood trim, $200; acoustic glass, $150

ENGINE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 in31991cm3
Power: 255 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

FRAME
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.5-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
F: 225/40R-19 93Y MO
A: 255/35R-19 96Y MO

DIMENSIONS
Wheel base: 112.8 in
Length: 187.0 in
Width: 71.7 in
Height: 56.6 in
Passenger Volume: 94 ft3
Trunk Volume: 13ft3
Curb Weight: 4044 lbs.

CD TEST RESULTS
60mph: 5.3sec
1/4-Mile: 14.0 sec @ 98 mph
100mph: 14.7sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec
Top Speed ​​(gov ltd): 129 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 314 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.91g

CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 25 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 35 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 600 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 27/23/33 mpg

CD TESTING EXPLAINED

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