The entry-level Mercedes-Benz sports sedan has been carefully redesigned for the 2022 model year, but the C-Class remains with its winning formula of luxury and prestige at an affordable price. The upgrade gives the C-Class what it needs to better fight rivals like Audi A4, BMW 3 Seriesand Genesis G70. The showroom is where we see the greatest modernization, as the C-Class has inherited elements of style and technology from S-Class sedan. Like the previous C-Class, the 2022 model is built on a rear-wheel drive platform, equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and offers all-wheel drive as an option. Driving is confident, and the C-Class can be easily driven on winding sections of road, but we found that driving on uneven sidewalks and steering is less communicative than required by the mission of a sports sedan. In addition to the dynamic shortcomings, the C-Class continues the tradition of imitating the style and essence of the flagship S-Class sedan in a smaller and more affordable configuration.
What’s new in 2022?
In short: everything. Although the style of the new C-Class is not much different from the 2021 model, the 2022 model marks the beginning of a new generation with more luxury and more high-tech features.
Prices and which to buy
Instead of providing a la carte options, as was the case with previous-generation cars, Mercedes-Benz offers three different trim levels of the 2022 C-Class: Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle. We believe that the Exclusive mid-range finish should satisfy the widest range of buyers, as it includes subtleties such as a 360-degree external camera system, self-parking, wireless smartphone charging and a premium Burmester stereo. While we expect Mercedes to continue to offer the C-Class in coupe and convertible bodies, only the sedan will be available at launch. All models come standard with a large infotainment display, digital display, heated front seats, automated high beam headlights, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sunroof and more. Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system is optional, but we’ll leave that to you to decide if you need it.
Engine, transmission and performance
All C-Class models of 2022 are equipped with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger with a capacity of 255 hp. and are called the C300 on a slender trunk lid. The turbo four is enhanced by a 48-volt hybrid system that can temporarily provide up to 20 extra horsepower. Mercedes-Benz says that’s enough to accelerate the C300 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, but we think that figure is pretty conservative; on previous generation C-Class got a score of 5.4 seconds in this test. All-wheel drive remains an option, and rear-wheel drive is standard; nine-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered. The steering, as expected from a compact sports sedan, is agile, but we were disappointed with the lack of steering feel and sharp driving qualities. If we have the opportunity to test the C-Class on our test track, we will update this story with results and even more exciting experiences.
Fuel economy and real miles per gallon
The EPA estimates the rear-wheel drive examples of the C-Class should provide consumption of up to 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway; adding all-wheel drive lowers those numbers by 2 mpg each. If we have the opportunity, we will supply a new C-Class our test for fuel economy on the highway at 75 mph and report its results here. For more information on C-Class fuel economy, visit the website EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The most drastic change for the C-Class is in the form of a new high-tech showroom. All models have a digital display, touch controls and many amenities. The new model has a steering wheel similar to the steering wheel of an S-Class sedan, and Mercedes offers an extensive list of standard luxury features such as heated front seats with memory settings, a sunroof, open-top wood trim and aluminum accents. . Overall, the C-Class is about 2.5 inches longer than the outgoing model, and its wheelbase has been stretched by an inch. Mercedes-Benz says this results in more legroom in the rear seats, but in real life the difference is negligible.
Infotainment program and communication
Large 12.3-inch vertically oriented infotainment display, similar to that found in redesigned S-Class sedan extends from the center console to the three round vents on the top dashboard. The touch screen is slightly tilted towards the driver for easier use while driving and runs on the latest version of the Mercedes MBUX infotainment system – complete with voice digital assistant, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as online access via Wi-Fi hotspot. Fi. All models also come with an 11.9-inch digital display and fingerprint sensor to authenticate a unique driver profile for memory settings. The head-mounted display, wireless smartphone charging panel, ambient lighting system and Burmester surround sound stereo are all additional extras.
Safety and driver assistance functions
Mercedes equips the C-Class with a variety of standard driver assistance functions but unfortunately the coolest car technology, which includes an adaptive cruise control system that uses navigation data to adjust the car’s speed for future turns and roundabouts, is still optional. For more information on the results of the C-Class crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites. Probably key security features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Lane departure warning is available with lane keeping assistance
- Adaptive cruise control with lane centering is available
Warranty coverage and maintenance
Although rivals such as BMW, Genesisand Volvo offering three years of free maintenance, Mercedes-Benz does not enjoy standard warranty offers. Otherwise, all new Benz comes with a standard plan that covers most things for up to four years or 50,000 miles.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The transmission warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan
Car type: front engine, rear or all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base: rear-wheel drive, $ 45,250; 4Matic, $ 47,250
16-valve DOHC with turbocharging and intercooling, in-line 4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 inches31991 cm3
Power: 255 horsepower at 5800 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft at 2000 rpm
Wheelbase: 112.8 inches
Length: 187.0 inches
Width: 71.6 inches
Height: 56.6 inches
Passenger volume: 94 feet3
Trunk volume: 13 feet3
Net weight (C / D calculation): 3900–4050 pounds
PERFORMANCE (C / D EST)
60 mph: 5.6-5.7 sec
1/4 mile: 14.2–14.3 sec
Top speed: 130 mph
EPA FUEL SAVINGS
Combined / City / Highway: 27–29 / 23–25 / 33–35 miles per gallon