For those needing a reliable, comfortable sedan in a “budget”, the 2015 C-Class could be the right choice. Now, the legendary German maker put on the market the perfect rival to the all-mighty BMW 3 Series. There are also other worthy rivals in the segment, which will mention later.
By now, the 2015 C-Class provides top-notch comfort and elegance, both exterior and interior. All the tech toys implemented are focused in safety and optimum user experience. With the most basic model, the C-Class can show off about its capacity.
Let’s take a closer look to the 2016 C-Class’ specs and main features.
Specs and Mechanics
The 2015 C-Class has many variants. These offers two different setups for engine and traction. In the most basic case, the user will get a 2.0 L 4-inline engine, which produces up to 241 hp at 5550 RPM and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft at 1300 RPM.
Other, more expensive trims can enjoy a 4.0 L V8, which generates 503 hp at 5500 RPM and 516 lb-ft of max torque at 1750 RPM. The prices will greatly vary. Premium fuel is required for both setups and has a consumption of 25 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, which seems like a lot.
In terms of transmission, there will be a single gearbox available: a 7-speed automatic with Overdrive. This exclusivity will be present, at least, in the US market. European users could enjoy a manual transmission.
Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, depending the chosen variant. In this matter, the 2015 C-Class varies a lot, based on what variant the user is interested in buying. In terms of specs and mechanics, only the engine and gearbox could vary.
In the meanwhile, the AIRMATIC air suspension is one of the many extras available. This feature has a price tag around the US$1190 and highly improves the performance and comfort on irregular roads, mostly when there is some weight onboard.
But please, forget about performance and speed. This isn’t that kind of vehicle. The 2015 C-Class is more focused on the passengers’ well-being. This factor includes a wide range of safety-oriented technologies.
Besides the mandatory ABS tech and driveline traction control for improved handling, there are plenty of cutting-edge safety tech, working both in the exterior and interior.
2015 C-Class Accessible Comfort
The general design of the 2015 C-Class is unique if we compare it to other Benz models. Actually, it puts a distance among other Mercedes-Benz classes, due to its form and general look. And technically speaking, the platform where all the body kit is supported is made of aluminum and steel, in order of cutting some weight.
The bold front fascia looks more American than German, but the three-point star makes a clear statement. We also find a lot of curves, which improves its elegance and opulence.
The stylish taillights and exhaust outlets are a point at its favor, without a doubt. More than curvy lines, minimalistic design is put on the table. And the general consensus tells us that the form is greatly appreciated when we see it in darker colors. This way, details are accentuated.
The 2015 C-Class is a mid-size executive sedan. It is not trying to be a powerhouse or a maximum-lavish vehicle. But, here is a lot of comforts onboard for its price tag, at least when we talk about the cheaper model. The cockpit became more spacious in comparison with past models. It is all wrapped and built with premium materials.
The Bottom Line
The 2015 C-Class is a strong competitor in its segment. Among the Cadillac ATS, the BMW 3 Series and the Lexus IS 250, the Benz could be the most convenient alternative.
The basic version has an estimated base price of US$38.950 while the S model goes up US$73.250. There are plenty of extra packages for all the versions, focused in improving comfort and luxury.