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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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2021 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

MSRP*: $54,700 to $56,700
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
S-Class

MSRP*: $138,600
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Invoice* $51,418 to $53,298 $130,284
MPG - City 22 - 23 MPG 17 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 8.8 ft3 12.4 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-8
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Rear-wheel
Horsepower 255 hp 463 hp
Exterior Length 184.5 in 198.9 in
Exterior Width 71.3 in 74.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 32.0 in
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Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 35.6 in
Front 37.7 in
Rear 37.6 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as you will with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will cost more in transportation costs than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is much slimmer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has significantly less cargo room than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.