Chances are if you are a Mercedes-Benz customer, you have had some seat time in a C-Class. Mercedes-Benz’s most popular model range is all-new for 2015. For 2015, Mercedes-Benz has done away with the C250 and C350 for the American market and has instead condensed the volume sellers into two trim levels. The C300 comes with a turbocharged 4-Cylinder engine set up for fuel economy and city driving. The C400 is equipped with a biturbo V6 engine.
We recently had the opportunity to drive around Kansas City in a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. This example is equipped with the optional panoramic sunroof, which was enjoyable in the lovely weather. Setting off in the C300 is very easy. The seat adjusts in so many ways that it is impossible to be uncomfortable. With the mirrors and radio adjusted just so, it was time to set off on our Kansas City adventure.
If there is one thing the C-Class doesn’t lack, it’s power. Even with the entry level turbo 4-cylinder, the C300 has plenty of get up and go. The 4MATIC system hooks up and gets you to legal cruising speeds with ease. It can do more than legal speeds, but this is not Germany and we have speed limits. Every control is well-placed and intuitive. Rarely do you have to ever take your eyes off the road to perform a function. Driving to Country Club Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, World War 1 Memorial, Gates BBQ, Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, and the West Bottoms, the C300 performed flawlessly all day. We averaged 28-33 MPG with the A/C cranked to freezing.
Not only did the C-Class impress with its user-friendly ergonomics and driving dynamics, it looks amazing. “It’s a mini S-Class” was the most common comment our customers have made on the car’s styling. For people wanting an incognito ride, the C-Class is perfect. The styling doesn’t shout about itself, but it doesn’t look boring in any way. Pardon the pun, but the C-Class is in fact “classy.” Everything from the wheels to the headlights is carefully sculpted to be aerodynamic and purposeful, yet it stimulates your vision in a way that isn’t in any way “look at me!”
The previous generation C-Class (W204) was an impressive car. It felt like it was carved out of a single block. No squeaks or rattles ever made themselves known. If anything, the new W205 C-Class is even better. No wonder it’s won so many awards this year. Mercedes-Benz feels that they sell “The Best or Nothing’ and the C-Class is truly the best compact sedan on the market.
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