The phrase “entry-level” isn’t always synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but the truth is there are some more attainable models. One of them is the C-Class sedan, which saw sees some significant changes for 2022.

This fifth-generation C-Class comes off as a baby S-Class in many ways, with similar design cues and trickle-down tech. Still, the C-Class has grown 2.5-inches in length for a little more room inside.

That’s also where the premium amenities are best seen, like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch center display. They utilize Mercedes’ latest MBUX software, incorporating voice controls and even a fingerprint scanner. 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, along with a sunroof, Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, and PRESAFE technology. There’s even an available Head-Up Display, putting the C-Class a little closer to its S-Class sibling.

JESSICA RAY: "The interior of the C-Class is very similar to that of the S-Class, including functionality. Specifically, I’m talking about this steering wheel, we have haptic controls here. My left thumb very easily controls the dash cluster and my right thumb very easily controls the center screen. So…pretty simple."

Equally modern is the powertrain: a 2.0-liter I4 turbo, putting down 255-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s partnered with a 48-volt mild hybrid system which adds another 20 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. That’s all channeled through a 9-speed automatic gearbox to either the rear wheels or to a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

When all is said and done, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class starts at under $45,000 with destination, proving why it remains their best-selling sedan: lower cost, with loads of luxury.

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  • Engine: 2.0L I4 Turbo
  • Horsepower: 255
  • Torque: 295 lb-ft