2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 362 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The C-Class has traditionally been Mercedes-Benz' entry-level car. However, with the arrival of the CLA, the C-Class is no longer the German automaker's least expensive model. Mercedes-Benz has packed the 2016 C-Class full of upscale technology, determined to make the car feel anything but entry level. Despite this move upmarket, pricing on the C-Class remains competitive with other European small sedans such as the BMW 3-series. The 2016 C-Class starts at around $40,000.

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What's New For 2016

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was totally redesigned for 2015. For 2016, the C-Class adds three new sedans to the lineup, including the C300d 4MATIC diesel, C350e plug-in hybrid and C450 AMG Sport, while the C400 has been dropped. The C450 AMG features a twin-turbo V6 rated at 362 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • mbrace2 Emergency S.O.S
    • Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
    • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • BabySmart Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Driver Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Entertainment Features
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • 8 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System, Weatherband and DVD-Audio
    • Radio: HD AM/FM Single Disc CD/MP3 -inc: Media Interface, 7" Color Display, Touchpad, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, USB connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, and auxiliary input
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" AMG 5-Spoke Alloy -inc: 7.5J x 18" front and 8.5J x 18" rear
    • Tires: 18" All Season
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets And Reservoir
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Power Seats w/Memory
    • 8-Way Driver Seat
    • 8-Way Passenger Seat
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • AMG Sport Leather/Chrome Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Ashtray
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Homelink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Mb-Tex Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Mb-Tex Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • MB-TEX/DINAMICA Upholstery
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel and Head Restraints
    • Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Power (driver Only) Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L V6 Bi-Turbo
    • Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic 7G-TRONIC Plus
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Full-Time 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
    • 2.82 Axle Ratio
    • 74-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • AMG Brand Name Shock Absorbers
    • Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.0 L/183
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 362 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 384 @ 2000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.3
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17.4
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.2
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • Body Style - 4MATIC Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/45HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40HR18
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 7
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.34
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.89
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.92
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.37
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.42
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.82
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5.0
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.3
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Photos & Colors


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  • Black Dakota Brown Metallic designo Cardinal Red Metallic Diamond Silver Metallic Diamond White Metallic Iridium Silver Metallic Lunar Blue Metallic Obsidian Black Metallic Palladium Silver Metallic Polar White Steel Gray Metallic
  • Black
  • Dakota Brown Metallic
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Diamond White Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Palladium Silver Metallic
  • Polar White
  • Steel Gray Metallic

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Anchored by the C300, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned for 2015. For 2016, a new C450 AMG Sport replaces the C400.

The C-Class is more lovely, more charming than ever. With its striking exterior, the current C-Class might easily be mistaken for the much larger (and more expensive) S-Class sedan. Though slightly larger and a lot more luxurious than the previous generation, the C-Class remains the smallest Mercedes-Benz sedan.

The highlight of the C-Class is its interior. No competitor manages to develop the kind of luxury that exudes from the C-Class cabin. Quality of materials, fit and finish, and overall design are all class-leading.

Rivals include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Audi A4, and Infiniti Q50. Several C-Class versions are available.

The C300 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, teaming with a 7-speed automatic transmission. For most driving needs, the C300 is swift and satisfying. And, of course, the C300 yields the C-Class’s best fuel economy. It’s the only rear-wheel-drive model, as well as the only model to use regular steel springs. The C300 4MATIC is all-wheel drive.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport replaces the previous C400. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 generates 362 horsepower (up from 329 on the C400), sufficient for 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds. Adaptive controls affect the sport-tuned air suspension, steering feel, throttle input, and transmission shift timing.

Stepping higher yet on the performance scale are the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S. With its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 whipping up 469 horsepower, the C63 can reach 60 mph in 4 seconds, just one-tenth of a second slower than the 503-horsepower C63 S. Diesel and plug-in hybrid versions are coming.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the C-Class five stars overall, with four- and five-star ratings for individual tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it Good scores for frontal and side impacts.

Technology in the C-Class approaches the E-Class and S-Class in terms of safety and driver assistance. An Intelligent Drive package includes adaptive cruise control and steering assist, a stereo-camera system that aids lane-keeping, active parking assist, and a surround-view camera setup. Major options include leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, LED headlights, fragrance dispenser, panoramic sunroof, and Active Curve Illumination.


C300 ($38,950) includes the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-speaker audio, and 17-inch alloy wheels. C300 4MATIC ($40,950) adds all-wheel drive.

C450 AMG 4MATIC ($50,800) comes with a 3.0-liter V6, rev-matching, all-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, 13-speaker surround sound, 18-inch wheels.

C63 AMG ($65,250) has a 469-horsepower V8 engine. C63 S AMG ($73,250) has a 503-horsepower V8.

Standard safety equipment includes pelvis airbags, window airbag, rear side airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.


Mercedes-Benz made a clean break with its recent past for the 2015 redesign, more closely linked to the S-Class. Sharp corners and blunted details are mostly history, supplanted by the current slippery shape.

Up front, the upright grille is flanked by intricately detailed headlights, with brows made up of LEDs. Large air intakes punctuate the lower front end. Front fenders are flared, and the rear end has a softer, rounder appearance than in the past. AMG models have their own distinctive touches, including a front bumper with larger-yet air intakes.


In design, features, and detailing, the cabin reaches new heights of sensual appeal. As part of the recent redesign, the luxurious cabin grew in size.

Spacious front seats promise plenty of leg, head, and shoulder room, as well as excellent support. Extendable bottom-cushion bolsters provide fine mid-back support, too. Even though space for six-footers isn’t abundant, they should find adequate comfort.

The dashboard arcs gently around the front seats. At the center stack, there’s a glorious waterfall effect in the wood. Depending on model, trim could instead be aluminum or carbon fiber. Passengers can expect a tight, quiet cabin, with wind noise effectively isolated.

Back-seat space is tight. Entry and exit to the back seat are impeded by that relatively low roofline and the door shape. Seatbacks flip forward easily to provide a flat floor.

Trunk space totals just 12.6 cubic feet.

In the new C450 AMG, suede AMG sport seats grip well and reach beyond the usual bolstering, adding power-adjustable headrest height and thigh-cushion extenders. AMG models can get different grades of optional leather, plus a choice of linden wood, piano-black trim, carbon-fiber, or silvered fiberglass.

Driving Impressions

The C-Class performs well. In AMG trim it’s outstanding. The ground-up redesign for 2015 gave the C-Class new architecture, with more aluminum, cutting weight by about 200 pounds.

With 0-60 mph acceleration times around 6.5 seconds, the C300 feels energetic, not unlike the compact CLA45 AMG. Turbo boost comes quickly, and the C300 feels impressively strong. Electrically assisted steering is one of the best in any luxury car, with precise variable ratios and accurate, predictable operation. The steering ratio is quick, needing only about 2.2 turns lock-to-lock. Thus, tight maneuvers are easy to indulge.

The C300 comes standard with steel springs. The optional air suspension provides continuously variable damping and can be adjusted through Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Sport Plus modes. The Airmatic suspension yields a smooth, comfortable ride with little body roll.

The C450 AMG Sport has a V6 that feels strong in each of its seven forward gears, and a sport exhaust emits pleasantly muted tones.

For more stimulating performance, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the C63 AMG. In the C63 S, it’s 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. AMG models offer better steering feel, with bigger brakes and adjustable dampers to control ride quality. All-wheel drive and an electronic locking differential are standard. The transmission has five modes, including a manual, rev-matching choice.

Fuel economy is decent for the class. The rear-wheel-drive C300 is EPA-rated at 25/34 mpg City/Highway, while the all-wheel-drive C300 4MATIC drops those figures to 24/31 mpg. The C450 AMG 4MATIC is rated at 21/29 mpg City/Highway. Least thrifty, as expected, are the AMC C63 models, at 18/25 mpg.


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class occupies BMW 3 Series territory in terms of ride, handling, and performance. The C-Class has a sizable list of standard equipment, but prices approach those of the larger E-Class.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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