Mercedes C300 adds more performance in fully redesigned sedan
The restyled Mercedes gets a new engine, more stylish design and an improved interior
Roseville, Calif. – Several decades ago, who would have imagined a Mercedes-Benz with a four-cylinder engine? Seems a little far-fetched, given luxury cars’ history of producing performance cars exclusively.
However, this is actually the case. The 2022 Mercedes C300 It arrived with a new four-cylinder machine paired with a 48-volt hybrid-assist system. Don’t worry about performance. The M139’s 2.0-liter engine is hailed as the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Mercedes C-Class is very different from when it started nearly 30 years ago. Designed as an entry-level taste of a brand that far more people would find affordable, the C-Class has found its niche. It had a sales high of 88,251 in 2013 and it wouldn’t be surprising if it rebounded to its last few years in 2022.
Like many automakers, Mercedes is diving head first into the electric future, producing cars like the EQS and EQE. But it also doesn’t neglect its gas-powered vehicles. The C-Class sedan has been completely redesigned for 2022 with a new engine, sleeker design and an improved interior that includes a large central touchscreen. And it starts at $43,600, which is a reasonable price for many new car shoppers.
Whether you’re cruising at high speeds on the highway or commuting modestly around town, the new turbo four engine doesn’t disappoint. It delivers energetic acceleration that makes it a pleasure to drive in all situations.
Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the C300’s front-wheel drive engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is pretty fast. Thanks in part to its hybrid system, the C300 gets a respectable fuel economy of 25-35 mpg.
Standard features include a sunroof, automatic emergency braking with blind spot monitoring, and a power trunk. The optional version comes with a sport suspension and adjusts the steering for a more direct and quicker response. It is also equipped with upgraded brakes and the overall driving dynamics feel sharper.
Performance is lively and drivers will appreciate the C300’s handling, too. It navigates normal turns effortlessly and can take more difficult routes with relative ease. It delivers a stable ride with a sophisticated feel.
AT A GLANCE – 2022 Mercedes C300
- Performance: 2.0-liter turbo, four-cylinder, 255 hp
- Mileage estimate: 25-35 mpg
- Estimated price: $43,600 to $45,600
- Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; Drivetrain: 4 years/50,000 miles; Roadside Assistance: 4 years/50,000 miles; Wear: 4 years/50,000 miles
The interior of the C-Class has been completely reworked, adding a large 11.9-inch tablet-like horizontal touchscreen on the dashboard. Mercedes also added ambient lighting elements and some additional wood trim that gives the cabin a more expensive look.
Besides the touchscreen, there are four touchpads on the steering wheel, operating all of the controls below the infotainment system. However, the touch-sensitive steering wheel controls aren’t intuitive and draw attention away from the road.
Although the C-Class is a compact sedan, the cabin is now more spacious than ever. Headroom and legroom are ample in the front, while the rear seats are more limited, especially with three passengers. Cargo space is 12.6 cubic feet, which is about average for the segment. There is additional storage space under the floor.
There is no doubt about 2022 Mercedes C300 It delivers more performance and excitement than ever before. It also delivers the overall comfort and refinement people want in a luxury brand. With a reasonable starting price, the C300 is well worth a look when considering a luxury compact sedan.