• Straightforward controls
  • Teutonic feel
  • Scintillating performance (C63 AMG)
  • C250 acceleration
  • Plain-Jane styling
  • C63 AMG fuel consumption

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for C-Class in 2014

For most C-Class models, 2014 is a quiet year. The C350 goes up a notch in wheel size with a new standard eighteen-inch five-spoke wheel. Split-folding rear seats are now standard. The C63 AMG, boasts a new Edition 507 option package (for coupe and sedan). It raises engine output to 507 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque and is denoted by black-painted mirror housings, front and rear spoilers, and rocker panel trim. It also has red brake calipers, an aluminum hood, and nineteen-inch forged wheels in black or silver. The interior, in leather/Dinamica, can be had in two different designs and features a sport steering wheel wrapped in faux suede, gloss black trim, and special badging...more

Vehicle Summary

The compact 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes against cars like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. This model formerly was Mercedes' entry-level model, but now the smaller, less-expensive CLA-Class performs that function. The C-Class is available as both a coupe and a sedan. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on some models. The C63 AMG is a high-performance hot rod that is based on the C-Class but has an entirely different look and feel.

Overview

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most accessible Mercedes-Benz models, but that doesn't mean you want the most affordable version. The C250 is the least expensive C-class, the one advertised with all those low monthly lease price come-ons. It's powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that musters 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, as it is in all C-Class models. Unlike the direct-injected turbocharged fours in the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4, however, the Mercedes 1.8-liter feels poky, and it doesn't sound particularly good. Our advice is to step up to one of the six-cylinder 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.

The next model up the ladder is the C300 4Matic. It's available only as a sedan and is the only 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class four-door with all-wheel drive. The C300 uses a 248-hp V-6 that also makes 251 lb-ft of torque -- numbers that are still somewhat low for this segment. Like the C250, the C300 is available in both Sport and Luxury trim, which is a difference mostly of styling details. Moving up to the C350 -- coupe or sedan -- nets you a more highly tuned version of the 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This engine motivates the C-Class with the authority you'd expect. The C350 is offered in Sport trim only, and there's no 4Matic for the sedan but it is available in the coupe. All C-Class models have the reassuring firmness—in their ride, steering, and controls -- that has been a hallmark of Mercedes-Benz cars. The C-Class is not the most plush or high-tech offering in the segment, but it may be the most Germanic.

The C63 AMG is a different animal altogether. It's bristling with muscles, thanks to a 451-hp V-8 that speaks with a racy exhaust note. This 6.2-liter unit is the last of the big-displacement, normally aspirated AMG engines, and we'll be sad when it's gone. Metering out its tremendous power is a thrill, and we love the aggressively calibrated gearbox, hefty steering, and composed chassis. This is AMG's most rewarding product, until you get into silly money for something like an SLS AMG.

Key Competitors

  • Audi A4/A5
  • BMW 3 Series/4 Series
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus IS

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2014 C-Class Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sunroof

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
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