2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Tijo Tenson Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


The automobile was a reminiscence of luxury during the early days. We have surely come a long way after that. The market has become so competent that luxury has crept into the likes of affordability.

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Pros

Healthy feature list

Optional features will leave you spoilt for choices

Usage of premium materials in the cabin

Eager and responsive gearbox

Cons

Poor cargo space

Infotainment System is confusing to use

Not the most involving to drive

What's New?

10.25-inch High Res infotainment Display is standard now

Blind-Spot Monitoring is also standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.5/60.9

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3472 lbs.

ground clearance

3.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/35 mpg

ev range

417.6 mi.

highway range

609 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Right Side View  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Top View  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Front View  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3 Quarter View  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Front Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Rear Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Doors  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class interior  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cockpit Area

Styles

 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Polar White color  2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Selenite Gray Metallic color
Brilliant Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300

C 300

power
255hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$41,400 - $43,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $41,400 MSRP (24/28/35) 255hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
C 300 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,400 MSRP (23/26/33) 255hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


Affordable luxury sedan category is the most fought out segment in the Automotive industry today. It is the stepping stone for consumers who want to have a taste of luxury cars. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one such sedan that combines exploitable power and luxury to give a polished experience. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-pot which produces a healthy 255 horses and 273 pound-feet.

The $41,400 luxury sedan takes on the likes of its long-time rivals BMW 3-Series sedan, Audi A4 and Lexus IS 300 and fight it out for the best overall luxury experience.

2020 Mercedes Benz C class front view
2020 Mercedes Benz C class front view
2020 Mercedes Benz C class rear view
2020 Mercedes Benz C class rear view

 
 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is offered in one wholesome trim which is available in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. There is only a marginal bump between the two as the rear-wheel-drive is $41,400 and the 4MATIC is $43,400.

Both the cars are powered by a potent 2.0L turbocharged inline four-pot which provides the juice needed without any hiccups. The C-Class has a very healthy set of standard features available which adds more value to it. But Merc has provided with more optional packages than standard to spoil you with choices.

Trims

C 300

MSRP(RWD)

$41,400

MSRP (AWD)

$43,400

Engine

2.0L Turbo I4

Features

ECO Start/Stop System

 

Dynamic driving mode selection

 

AMG body Styling

 

Active Brake Assist

 

Attention Assist

 

10.25-inch Hi-Res Infotainment Display

 

Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call

 

Power front seats with driver's seat memory

 

Steering Wheel with Touch Control Buttons

 

Paddle Shifters

Apart from the standard features, Mercedes-Benz offers the C-Class with seven optional packages that focus on aesthetics, creature comfort and assistance features. These packages add more character and exclusivity to the car and lets you make your car unique, right from the factory.

Package Name

AMG Line

AMG Line w/ Night

Exterior Lighting

Premium

Multimedia

Parking Assistance

Driver Assistance

MSRP

$2000

$2400

$900

$1500

$1250

$1150

$1700

Features

AMG body styling

All the features in the AMG line added and:

LED Intelligent light system

64-color LED ambient lighting

COMAND navigation

Active Parking Assist

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC

 

18-inch AMG alloy wheels

Gloss black exterior accents

Adaptive high-beam assist

Illuminated front door sills

Touchpad controller

Surround View System

Active Steering Assist

 

Chrome diamond-block grille

   

Burmester Surround Sound System

No-charge online navigation map updates for three years

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Evasive Steering Assist

 

Sport suspension and steering 

   

SiriusXM with 6-months All Access trial

Car-to-X communications

 

Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function

 

Sport brake system

     

Enhanced voice control

 

Congestion Emergency Braking

 

AMG line interior with sport front seats

     

3 years of Live Traffic service provided by TomTom

 

Active Emergency Stop Assist

 

Sport Steering wheel

         

Active Speed Limit Assist

 

Brushed aluminum pedals

         

Active Lane Keeping Assist

             

Active Blind Spot Assist

             

Active Lane Change Assist 

             

PRE-SAFE PLUS

             

Route based Speed Adaptation

             

Extended Restart in Stop-and-Go Traffic

Which Luxury trim should you go for?

We recommend you to go for the all-wheel-drive variant for added traction and better driving dynamics. Now, the packages are all very tempting but we can’t have everything, can we? So, we recommend you to opt for the Driver Assistance and Premium package for all the active safety features and the quirky infotainment system. All of this for $46,600 and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine

C-Class sedan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four motor which pumps out 255 hp and 273-pound-feet of torque. The power has substantially been bumped up from last year and it helps in increased top speed.

2020 Mercedes Benz C class Engine
2020 Mercedes Benz C-Class sedan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine

The engine is coupled to a very responsive 9-Speed Automatic transmission which pulls the car quickly and it won’t flicker while overtaking on highways. The vehicle responds proactively to the driver’s inputs and there is no turbo-lag as well. Then again, the C-Class is a linear machine that doesn’t push you into the seat with its power but has a comfortable and luxurious approach to it. The bland exhaust note makes it a tad uninspiring to drive.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

MSRP

$41,400

$38,560

$42,000

$40,750

Engine

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

255 hp

@5800 rpm

241 hp

@5800 rpm

248 hp

@5000 rpm

255 hp

@ 5000 rpm

Torque

273 lb-ft

@1800 rpm

258 lb-ft

@1650 rpm

273 lb-ft

@ 1600 rpm

295 lb-ft

@ 1550 rpm

Then again, the C-Class is a linear machine that doesn’t push you into the seat with its power but has a comfortable and luxurious approach to it. All of the competition is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine which helps all of them to settle under the same radar. In fact, the bimmer produces the same power and slightly more torque. Lexus is the least powerful of the lot. The power delivery also varies among the lot due to the different transmission setups.

How quick is the the 2020 C-Class in 0-60 run?

Acceleration is linear and it does 0-60 in an impressive 5.7 seconds which is pretty good for a rear-wheel-drive car. The precise gear ratios help the engine retain its power throughout without lagging and thus provide a quicker drive.

As the torque comes in as low as 1800 RPM, you will not have an issue in overtakes and the car will move without any lag. The 4MATIC variant has a similar character with the added benefit of all-wheel-drive and added cornering control.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

0-60 MPH

5.7 s

6.9 s

5.6 s

5.6 s

Quarter mile

14.1 s

N/A

14.4 s

14.0 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.2

6.0

5.4

4.9

The Merc is just behind the A4 with a difference of 0.1 seconds in the 0-60 run. Bimmer also has the same time at 5.6 seconds. The soundtracks of Audi A4 and BMW 330i are much more impressive than the Merc. Lexus fares last because of the least power and torque figures.

How well does the 2020 Mercedes C 300 handle?

The C-Class is a posh ride that transports you comfortably. The suspension setup takes care of all the imperfections on the road. Road and wind noise are well insulated and the cabin is quiet, with the upmarket interior making it a luxurious experience.

C-Class has four distinctive driving modes, namely, Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ which change the driving characteristics accordingly. Eco and Comfort modes focus on passenger comfort and offer a plush ride whereas you get a stiffened suspension and a more responsive throttle and steering. It still doesn’t provide you with the zeal as the bimmer which is a much better driving car.

How firmly does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class stop from 60-0?

The brakes are responsive with all-around-disc brakes providing enough bite to get you safely out of any situation with the active brake assist. Electronic brake distribution makes sure that you get a seamless response from all the rotors.

The front rotors are one of the largest of the lot which helps in calmly bringing the sedan to halt. The brake pedal has an impressive response which doesn’t take time getting used to.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

Brake Front (in.)

13.0

13.1

12.4

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

12.2

11.8

11.4

60-0 MPH (ft)

124

125

N/A

103

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

As per the available data, C-Class is the quickest from 60-0 MPH. This is mostly because of it being the lightest of the lot. Lexus IS 300 follows with a marginal difference in stopping distance. Audi A4 and BMW 330i will incidentally take more time to come to halt due to the comparatively heavier bodies.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Economy

8.5/10

C-Class provides good EPA numbers with a combined MPG of 28. The all-wheel-drive variant will suffer a bit but still manages to provide 24/35/29 for city/highway/combined. The precise 9-Speed Automatic transmission is responsible for providing us with these numbers.

The engine is not allowed to be stressed and thus facilitates in above-average figures. But then the curb weight limits it from performing better. Mercedes-Benz has equipped the C-Class with a large 17.4-gallon fuel tank which helps it provide the best range of the lot.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

MPG (city)

24

21

23

26

MPG (highway)

35

30

34

36

MPG (combined)

28

24

27

30

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

17.4

17.4

15.3

15.6

Range

(City/Highway)

418/609

365/522

352/520

406/562

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

Audi does an impressive job of returning a combined 27 MPG despite being the heaviest of the lot. BMW is in the spotlight here with better overall EPA figures.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

9.0/10

2020 C-Class flaunts, unarguably the most premium interior in its class. We do not need to talk about the build quality as Mercedes-Benz always nails it. The cabin is clearly laid out and therein lies the beauty. You are treated to an airy cabin unlike clustered ones like in other cars of this class. But the rear seats if comfortable are devoid of headroom which is a bummer. Three people are out of question here.

2020 Mercedes Benz C Class Interior
2020 Mercedez Benz C Class Seating

The seats are ergonomic and gives ample support in both the rows. The materials used are of the utmost quality and are devoid of any defects. A 10.25-inch infotainment screen is positioned high up at the center of the dashboard, which might look odd, but we kinda dig it as it gives it a floating appearance.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.3/41.7

38.2/55.9/44.8

38.9/55.9/41.3

38.7/56.0/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.0/35.2

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.6/54.6/35.2

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

The seats in C-Class are not spacious of the lot as its competition provides for a more airy experience. But the extremely supportive seats will forgive the space constraint. Lexus IS 300 has the most spacious front row whereas the most comfortable rear seats are in the BMW 330i.

What are the infotainment features?

Mercedes-Benz has given a lot of effort in providing a quirky experience. The standard setup is good and provides all the modern features and ticks most of the boxes. But we wish Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was free instead of being paid.

2020 Mercedes Benz C Class Infotainment Display
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class Sedan Infotainment Display

The Burmester Surround Sound System available with the Premium package is the takeaway part here as it actively uses the chassis of the vehicle to amplify bass and produce a more natural experience. The steering wheel has touch-sensitive buttons which, well becomes addictive after some time.

Infotainment Features

  • 10.25-inch Hi-Res Center Display
  • Steering wheel with touch button controls
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • FrontBass System
  • Dual USB Audio Ports
  • Central Controller
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming

Interior Features

  • Power Front Seats with driver's seat memory
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Remote Start via Mercedes Me connect 
  • 40/20/40 Split-folding rear seats
  • Keyless Start
  • Electronic Trunk Closer
  • Homelink garage door opener
  • Remote opening and closing of windows and sunroof

How much cargo can the C-Class take in?

Cargo space is satisfactory as 12.6 cubic feet is not much. The opening is also not wide and restricts loading and unloading. Foldable rear seats are a relief as it folds flat to provide you with added storage space.

2020 Mercedes Benz C Class cargo space
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class cargo space is satisfactory as 12.6 cubic feet is not much

Hooks and straps are provided to hold smaller or fragile items in place. The rear center armrest can alone go down to access the cargo compartment. The space is not half bad as two suitcases can fit in with ease.

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

12.6

10.8

13.0

17.0

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

But that's about it and you should not expect much from the cargo space. BMW, on the other hand, provides the best cargo volume in the lot with 17 cubic feet. Lexus has the least and Audi A4 comes in close with the Merc at 13.0 cubic feet.

2020 Mercedes Benz C Class interior
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class interior
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class center console
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class center console
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class steering
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class steering
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class
2020 Mercedes Benz C Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

7.0/10

The 2020 C-Class is still sport with design clues shared with AMG line models. The front and rear fascia gets a mild yet noticeable update with bolder creases in the front bumper and a splitter like design at the rear. It now rides on 18-inch AMG alloy wheels which goes well with the car.

The all-LED headlamps and taillamps are standard and are a reminiscence of the C-Class. Available AMG line packages adds a lot more sportiness to the C-Class with a redesigned grille and AMG-line alloy wheels. The tapering roofline gives it a coupe-like body line that looks good but steals the headroom off the second row.

2020 Mercedes Benz C Class Side view
2020 Mercedes C-Class with a redesigned grille and AMG-line alloy wheels

2020 C-Class is available in a total of 10 exterior color options but only has two standard options. The others are priced at a flat $720. There are two premium colors on offer: Designo Cardinal Red Metallic at $1,080 and Designo Diamond White Metallic at a heavy $1,515. We bet, you can’t get more unique than that!

Models

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 (RWD)

Lexus IS 300 Base (RWD)

Audi A4 Titanium (AWD)*

BMW 3-Series 330i (RWD) 

Length (in)

184.5

184.3

186.1

185.7

Width (in)

71.3

71.3

72.5

71.9

Height (in)

56.3

56.3

56.2

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

3.8

5.3

N/A

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

110.2

111.0

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/60.9

60.4/61.0

61.9/61.2

62.3/63.0

Curb weight (lbs)

3472

3583

3627

3589

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

Audi A4 is the longest of the lot by a margin and so is the difference in length among the lot. C-Class is the lowest with just 3.8 inches of ground clearance which favors high-speed maneuverability. All of the cars have more or less the same dimensions which makes it a tight fight. But the A4 weighs in at the most which steals off its performance. C-Class being the lightest makes it the most nimble of the lot.

Exterior Features

  • Power tinted glass sunroof
  • 18-inch AMG alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Gloss Black Exterior accents
  • Chrome Diamond block grille
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2020 Mercedes benz c class
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2020 Mercedes benz c class
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2020 Mercedes benz c class top view
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2020 Mercedes benz c class side view
2020 Mercedes benz c class side view
2020 Mercedes benz c class side view

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety

Safety is top-notch on the C-Class as apart from the basic features, it also has a host of standard driver-assist features. The crash test results are not out yet but as there are minimal changes from last year, it should bag a top score of Good in all the measures.

The ATTENTION ASSIST feature is very useful as it monitors the driver and warns of drowsiness, a boon for long gruesome travels when we seldom rest. Apart from the standard list, you can also choose from an array of optional active and passive features.

Safety Features

  • 6 airbags
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Adaptive Braking Technology
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Crosswind Alert
  • Rearview Camera
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs 2020 Lexus IS 300

The Japanese counterpart is a worthy opponent which has a well-isolated cabin that gives more weight for occupancy comfort and provides the best value for money proposition in terms of the feature list. It is a comfortable ride that goes uninterrupted over uneven surfaces. But Lexus’s best is not enough to topple the German as C-Class provides us with a much better-performing car which is high on features and the luxury offered is a class above. We choose the German over the Jap.

2020 Lexus IS 300
2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs 2020 Audi A4

The friendly neighbor has all the right boxes ticked. It even provides a more comfortable second-row than the C-Class. The infotainment is easy to use unlike the Merc and cabin has a lot of modern design elements. But then again it fails to provide the fine balance which the C-Class treats us with and is underpowered as well. We would choose Merc over the Audi.

2020 Audi A4
2020 Audi A4

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs 2020 BMW 3-Series

You can call the BMW 330i, the Merc’s twin as it has almost the same performance figures and are more or less the same in external dimensions. But things start to change underneath as the bimmer provides you with a more well-planned cabin and much more cargo space. It has a similarly specced cabin with all the latest gizmos to entertain you. The bimmer looks much sharper and drives much better than the C-Class. It costs a bit less as well. This is a tough one but we would go with the Merc for the complete experience it provides.

2020 BMW 3 series
2020 BMW 3 series

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Final Verdict

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is a complete car. It has the perfect blend of performance, driving dynamics, and well built luxurious interior. We have better driving machines in the Audi A4 and BMW 330i, but for a sedan that fights it out in the commuter category, driving is not the only criterion that counts. Merc excels in all aspects and rewards you with a well-polished car that is much more luxurious than the competition. We would have loved for a more comfortable second-row seating but nothing can be 100 percent perfect and the C-Class is the closest one to it.