2017 Mercedes C-class coupe review with video
Base price: $48,100 + taxes
As tested: $60,440 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 9.2 L/100 kms (25.5 MPG)
Competition: Audio A5, BMW 4-series
It’s been a study of contrast comparing this new C-class coupe to that redesigned Ford Mustang that we featured a few weeks back. While the Mustang is a great new spin on a loud and wild classic, this Mercedes has a level of refinement that makes it perhaps the finest car for just cruising down an open road that we’ve ever featured on Family Wheels. Mercedes has found a delightful balance between performance and fuel efficiency while seriously upping the ante on its luxurious interior. The C-class coupe also carves out a timeless exterior silhouette. You can’t deny this is a pretty car. And if you want the looks of this Mercedes while still dolloping out Mustang muscle, an AMG-tuned C63 and C63S version of this car are soon to be released as well as a convertible cabriolet. For a full run down on this new C-class coupe, make sure to check-out the video posted above but here’s a quick run down of what works for us and what falls short.
– A huge leap forward in exterior styling. In fact, at a quick glance, the new C-class coupe looks very much like its much more expensive S-class sibling. It’s longer and wider while still shaving weight with lots of high strength aluminium throughout the bodywork.
– An improved interior with very comfortable front seats.
– Fuel economy in our all wheel drive, 2-litre turbo charged four cylinder tester was an impressive 9.2 L/100 kms. That’s even with us throwing it into sport mode quite a bit on the car’s standard Dynamic Select drive mode feature.
– The rear legroom is adequate for smaller adults or kids and the C-class coupe’s motorized front seats have a clever rear passenger detection system. If the seat starts to slide back and meets the resistance of a passenger’s legs in the second row, the seats will automatically slide forward enough to give them sufficient legroom.
– Trunk space is a reasonable 400 litres and the rear seats feature a 40/20/40 split so skis or longer items can be run down the middle while the car still seats 4 comfortably.
– And Mercedes’ 4Matic all wheel drive system is standard on the C300 so that means that this car isn’t just for summer cruising but could be used year round for trips out to the ski hill or winter commuting.
– The 2-litre turbo in our C300 tester is tuned for cruising more than burning rubber off the line and there’s a significant delay in power when accelerating. An optional turbo V6 is also coming as a middle ground between the base four cylinder and the AMG-tuned C63. Once up to speed, however, the C300 is smooth and capable.
– The engine note under acceleration is rather flat, even when sport or sport+ mode is activated.
– While the trunk is a reasonable size, its opening is rather small so it won’t accept taller items (a standard sized curbside recycling box, for example, was too large in our tests).
– Visibility out of the rear window is limited and a back-up camera is not included as standard equipment.
– The electronic front row seats are slow to slide forward to offer second row passengers access. It became a nuisance over a week of testing.
– The infotainment system doesn’t include a touchscreen (our preference) and instead uses a rotary dial and a trace pad system which is frustratingly slow to use. Fortunately, the Mercedes hands free voice commands are top notch. That’s what we wound up using for most of the week.
– Not as quiet of a ride as we’d hoped for. Our decibel reader reached 64 dB at 100 km/h which is louder than many SUVs we’ve tested.
Family Wheels report card:
Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels performance score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels overall score: 38.5/50= 76%