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Overview (Final Score: A-)
The 2017has been redesigned from its previous generation to offer more luxury, style and performance. Offered as a sedan, a coupe, and a cabriolet, the C-Class includes some compelling value for the class. We are especially enamored with its beautiful interior styling and eye-grabbing exterior looks.
The sedan was introduced as a redesign two years ago and is now followed by the coupe and convertible options. The C450 has changed its name to the C43 middle-option trim. Each of the C-Class trims has a different powerplant included. The C300 is the base model with a turbocharged 4-cylinder that really pushes the car well. The C43 has a turbocharged V6, and the C63 and C63 S have a throaty V8. Both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive are available for most models.
We spent a week in the C300 coupe and greatly enjoyed the spirited nature of the swooping little two-door. The sedan models are equally fun, though more practical, and fuel economy doesn’t change much between the three body styles.
What We Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class:
- Beautiful exterior design
- Cosseting comfort in a wonderfully-designed interior
- Solid performance from all engine options
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class:
- Some luxury features are not standard as with other makes
- Infotainment is clunky and often difficult to use
- Cramped seating in the coupe models
Pricing and Value (9/10)
Value retention for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is, like most luxury makes, only marginal at resale and trade-in. The car is considered high value for its luxury and accouterments, making it a good seller. It’s the best selling luxury sedan in its class (as of this writing).
A big portion of the C-Class’ appeal is its varied engine and model options, as well as its uniquely beautiful styling. In some markets Mercedes vehicles (especially sedans) retain much more value than is the average. The base model is a good buy for the price and the C63 performance models promise good resale returns.
There are several options for a buyer to choose from in the luxury sedan and coupe categories. Each has drawing points that make them compelling. Chief competition for the C-Class comes from theand BMW 4 Series (sedan and coupe, respectively). The BMWs are a bit more sporty and less luxurious overall, but fare well against the C-Class for that reason.
Likewise, theis improved this year, but still falls short in luxury by comparison to the other two German makes. The sport-centric and fun Cadillac ATS and beautiful new Jaguar XE are also good contenders in this market. The Lexus IS and RC models are good competitors as well, but fall short in sportiness in comparison to the Mercedes’ offerings.
It is a competitive luxury market today, but the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is much better for the market than it’s been before. With powerful German engineering and smart packaging, the C-Class offers a lot for the money and is poised to become a best seller for that reason.
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