- Four different models (C250, C300, C350, C63 AMG)
- Available as a coupe or sedan
- Excellent crash test ratings
Available as a sporty coupe or a practical sedan, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class combines sporting intent with great luxury and the latest in safety technology.
Not much has changed for the C-Class in 2014, Mercedes has indicated that the entire class will get a redesign in the 2014 calendar year for the 2015 model year. The C-Class is Mercedes’ entry into the competitive compact luxury segment, going head-to-head with cars like the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Lexus IS250.
From the outside, the C-Class’ styling varies by body style; the sedan is more restrained, while the coupe is swept back and aggressive. Sport sedan and all coupe models both get a three-bar grille up front, while luxury sedan models have a more classic four-bar setup with the Mercedes logo placed on a hood ornament above. LED taillights and daytime running lights spruce up the exterior visually and a sunroof comes standard, while a panoramic sunroof is optional.
C-Class models are divided by engine. The C250 features the smallest engine, a 201-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that outputs 229 pounds-feet of torque. Up next is the C300, which is sedan only and comes with a 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive. Topping things off is the C350 and its 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that outputs 273 pounds-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission option. Last year, the C300 and C350 add an ECO-Stop/Start system which shuts down the engine when the car is stopped to save fuel, then immediately restarts it when the gas pedal is depressed.
Inside the C-Class comes with the requisite luxury and abundance of features expected of a Mercedes-Benz. Sport sedan and coupe models have sport seats and aluminum trim pieces, while Luxury models instead feature a more compliant pair of front seats and burnished wood trim for a more relaxed feel. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/auxiliary audio input jacks, powered front seats, and Mercedes’ updated mbrace2 system. mbrace2 connects your C-Class to your smart phone and your computer, allowing you to do things like send destinations and routes from your phone or computer to the optional COMAND navigation system or lock the doors, flash the lights, or find it in a parking lot via your phone. It can also alert parents when their kids are driving the car too fast, too far, or too late.
Mercedes’ has long been an automotive innovator when it comes to safety features and this latest iteration of the C-Class is no exception. Nine airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and active front head restraints are standard. Optional safety technology includes a backup camera, parking assist, blind spot monitoring, land departure warnings, and Attention Assist which can detect when a driver becomes weary and alerts them accordingly. The 2014 C-Class won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and sedan models won a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.
For those searching for the ultimate performance out of their Mercedes, they offer a C63 AMG model which comes with a rip-roaring 451-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. Designed to go head-to-head with the BMW M3 and Audi RS4, the C63 AMG is a monster of a car with a unique suspension, transmission, and steering setup compared to the other C-Class models. It is also available as a sedan or a coupe.