With the CLA now anchoring the small-car end for Mercedes-Benz, it should afford the larger C-Class the luxury of…well, being more luxurious. So we headed out for a Quick Spin in the 2015 C-Class, to find out.

Keeping things simple for a change, the C-Class launches with just two models: the C300-now with a 2.0 liter turbo I4 and 241 horsepower-and the C400-with a 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 and 329 horsepower. Both models include a 7 speed automatic and, surprisingly, 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

A new 4-link, steel spring suspension is standard, though you can add sport or luxury tune packages, or even an all air suspension setup. 

We came away with a “less is more” impression, feeling that the C300 by far offered the more engaging experience on-road.

Neither model slouches on upscale features, however. Great looking and feeling interior packages are highlighted by a new gesture controlled central controller, which worked fairly well at first try.

Even Benz’ low speed autonomous driving and Automatic braking systems are available on the new C-Class; fancy features for the once entry level vehicle.   

GREG CARLOSS: One thing I’ve noticed in the C-Class is, it’s really quiet …so really not a lot of wind noise coming through, not a lot of road noise. Unfortunately, the engine noise doesn’t come through… I really liked the sound of the V6 twin turbo when I drove it a year ago in the E-Class in Germany, but it doesn’t seem like all that sound comes through in the C-Class…but most people probably won’t care and they’ll enjoy how quiet it is in here.

JOHN DAVIS: But upgrades don’t come free, and the 2015 C-Class is up in price, starting around $41,000. A rear wheel drive C300 will be available next year, starting around $39,000.


  • Engine: 2.0 liter/ 3.0 liter
  • Horsepower: 241/ 329
  • Price: Starting around $41,000