2013MercedesBenzCClass Review By Kelsey Mays

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

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By Kelsey

Despite some dental last year, the 2013 C-Class is getting long in the with performance and space that will need a redesign to address.

Mercedes’ sport sedan has a slew of including the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and ATS. (Compare the group .) Following a range of 2012 that included the addition of a C-Class coupe, the C-Class a more powerful V-6 in the midlevel sedan for 2013. Compare the and 2012 C-Class here .

The and sedan both offer or all-wheel drive, and variations from the turbo four-cylinder to the V-8 C63 AMG. We put a rear-drive C250 through its paces on public and a racetrack. (See the window here ). We also drove a C350.

Snug Interior

sedans usually have interiors, but the C-Class sedan downright miniscule. I needed the seat all the way back for my 5-foot-11 the center console encroaches on and headroom runs out if you elevate the In back, adults’ legs the front seatbacks, and the low seat elevate passengers’ knees in an way.

Competitors offer more up front and better confines in and the numbers show it. Passenger in the C-Class sedan totals a 88.2 cubic feet. major competitor exceeds 90 feet, and the Acura TL and 3 Series top 96 feet. The increase may sound but taller drivers and their passengers will appreciate it.

A redesign for 2012 scuttled of the C-Class’ dowdiest pieces, but the tone is still solemn in our test car, whose Sport Package added red belts and accent stitching on the leather seats. Real is optional, but Mercedes’ MB-Tex cowhide has a taut, believable Still, the fact that you to pay extra for real leather in trims even the $60,000-plus C63 is

Cabin materials are competitive but other details are hit and miss. The gearshift still snakes Park to Drive with heft, but the chintzy door feel cheap. So do the flimsy dials and crude sun visors.

Disappointments

Characteristic of Mercedes, the accelerator has plodding, gradual The C250’s modest output 201 from a small turbocharged four-cylinder makes matters Takeoffs around town are even in the automatic transmission’s mode. Hammer the gas and the C250’s 229 of torque lend some oomph, but the drivetrain runs out of as the tachometer needle swings to the Indeed, our C250 needed 8.2 to hit 60 mph slowest among the five we tested in a recent Sport Challenge. An A4, TL and ATS hit the mark in less 8 seconds; a 328i and Volvo S60 less than 7 seconds. cars, all automatics, were with two adults onboard.)

Step up to the C300 for a 248-hp For 2013, it added 20 hp and 30 pounds-feet of Saddled with standard all-wheel drive, however, the car some 300 pounds more the C250. Mercedes quotes acceleration times as the C250, but our own results, I’m skeptical of any acceleration.

The C350’s 302-hp V-6 smoothly, with punchy at the high end. Still, it the immediate torque of a BMW 335i or IS 350, and even its high-rev falls short of Audi’s S4. In regular (Economy) or Sport the transmission resists downshifting too late. The car feels quick if you the gas pedal, but it’s a constant of wake-me-up.

With a standard seven-speed EPA gas mileage ranges from mpg city/highway/combined in the C250 to 20/29/23 in the all-wheel-drive C300 or the rear-wheel-drive The C250 falls a bit short of the 3 Series and A4, but the C350 compares favorably to the six-cylinder competition. requires premium gas, some competitors merely it.

We haven’t tested the C63 AMG since updated it for 2012. Its V-8 kicks out 451 hp, and an performance package raises to 481 hp.

I can only hope the C63 AMG improves on the C-Class’ brakes, which are In both C-Class sedans we the brake pedal felt and tentative before clamping The C250 finished midpack in our braking tests, but editors pedal feel was as vague as a exhibit.

The car’s lackluster diminishes things, too. C-Class sedans have or Sport layouts, the latter a sport-tuned suspension. It does to contain the C-Class’ body however; our C350 Sport into corners, with disconnected steering that too much guesswork into corner.

Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

Outfitted with the Dynamic Package, which includes Mercedes calls an Advanced Suspension, the C250 fared but it’s still no champ. and cornering improve a great but the standard electronic stability cuts power early and to control pervasive understeer as the pushes wide. Turn the off and you can nudge the tail out more but the C-Class never feels as as the ATS or 3 Series.

The payoff comes in comfort, which scores in ride and noise isolation. with the sport-tuned suspension or our advanced adaptive setup the is a comfort-oriented car.

Safety, Features

The C-Class sedan is a Top Pick for the Insurance Institute for Safety, having earned top in front, side and rear as well as roof-strength tests. The car poorly in IIHS’ new small-overlap test, however (read it here ) a test the TL and S60 aced. The coupe has not been crash-tested.

safety features on the C-Class nine airbags plus the antilock brakes and electronic system. Optional side-impact airbags for the backseat bring the airbag count to 11. Click for a full list of safety Forward collision alert automatic braking is optional, as are detection, lane departure and mitigation systems, night and adaptive headlights.

Overall reliability has been average, but that isn’t of a differentiator; the TL, 3 Series and A4 have or better marks.

The C250 starts just over the coupe begins close to Standard features include wheels, a moonroof. Mercedes’ imitation leather, power seats, HD radio, USB/iPod Bluetooth phone and audio steering-wheel audio controls and a dash display. As usual, is stingy with standard Some competitors include a backseat, leather upholstery, seats and keyless access push-button start as standard Mercedes charges extra for all Other options on the C-Class xenon headlights, a 7-inch system, a backup camera, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a moonroof and a Harman Kardon stereo. Check all the boxes and the approaches $60,000. The C63 AMG, can go well into the six-figure

C-Class in the Market

Despite its age and relative price, the remains popular. Sales the first two months of 2012 all competitors, including the vaunted 3 the best-selling luxury car in eight of the 10 years. What gives? I two things: One, the C-Class has two styles and a broad range of which gives shoppers a lineup than is available many C-Class competitors. the car has topped its class in residual for two years running. That down monthly rates for which play a huge in luxury-car sales.

Those or others may play into consideration of this baby Just take a close at competing sport sedans, you may find a lot to like elsewhere.

Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

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