The C-Class Returns to COTY Testing as a Coupe
We Like: The strong, confident handling and luxury interior.
We Don’t Like: Its exterior styling and rough ride on uneven surfaces.
We had high hopes for this car, and deservedly so. It’s a Mercedes coupe, so we wanted it all. But the Merc didn’t deliver.
We did experience a car that was comfortable and controlled on the velvet-smooth proving ground track. The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 delivers six-cylinder levels of performance, and Jonny Lieberman said the “good brakes and nice handling are confidence-inspiring.” But it all fell apart on uneven surfaces where judges had to baby the car over rough patches and worried about breaking the Benz. “It just beats you up,” said Mark Rechtin, who feared he would blow out a tire.
We appreciate that the C300 is infused with some E-Class tech, and we like the interior features. Our test vehicle had rich two-tone leather with soft-touch surfaces and delicate stitching, dark wood-grain finish, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The metal finishes are excellent. But the C300 was downright torturous in its packaging, even considering coupes aren’t known for roomy back seats.
Judges took issue with the exterior styling. Ed Loh called it “bar-of-soap boring” and criticized a design team “obsessed with sanding and polishing away any character.” Tom Gale called the patchwork roof graphic “disturbing.” Angus MacKenzie added: “A coupe should look better than its sedan counterpart, but in the case of the C-Class coupe, that isn’t so. Viewed from the rear, this is an awkward-looking car.”
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|2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe 4Matic|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$57,705|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,783 lb (55/45%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||184.5 x 71.3 x 55.3 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.2 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||14.6 sec @ 93.3 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||109 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.91 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.9 sec @ 0.71 g (avg)|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||Not tested|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||23/29/25 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.76 lb/mile|