New For 2014For most C-Class models, 2014 is a quiet year. The C350 goes up a notch in wheel size with a new standard eighteen-inch five-spoke wheel. Split-folding rear seats are now standard. The C63 AMG, boasts a new Edition 507 option package (for coupe and sedan). It raises engine output to 507 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque and is denoted by black-painted mirror housings, front and rear spoilers, and rocker panel trim. It also has red brake calipers, an aluminum hood, and nineteen-inch forged wheels in black or silver. The interior, in leather/Dinamica, can be had in two different designs and features a sport steering wheel wrapped in faux suede, gloss black trim, and special badging.
Vehicle SummaryThe compact 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes against cars like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. This model formerly was Mercedes' entry-level model, but now the smaller, less-expensive CLA-Class performs that function. The C-Class is available as both a coupe and a sedan. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on some models. The C63 AMG is a high-performance hot rod that is based on the C-Class but has an entirely different look and feel.
OverviewThe 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most accessible Mercedes-Benz models, but that doesn't mean you want the most affordable version. The C250 is the least expensive C-class, the one advertised with all those low monthly lease price come-ons. It's powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that musters 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, as it is in all C-Class models. Unlike the direct-injected turbocharged fours in the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4, however, the Mercedes 1.8-liter feels poky, and it doesn't sound particularly good. Our advice is to step up to one of the six-cylinder 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.
The next model up the ladder is the C300 4Matic. It's available only as a sedan and is the only 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class four-door with all-wheel drive. The C300 uses a 248-hp V-6 that also makes 251 lb-ft of torque -- numbers that are still somewhat low for this segment. Like the C250, the C300 is available in both Sport and Luxury trim, which is a difference mostly of styling details. Moving up to the C350 -- coupe or sedan -- nets you a more highly tuned version of the 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This engine motivates the C-Class with the authority you'd expect. The C350 is offered in Sport trim only, and there's no 4Matic for the sedan but it is available in the coupe. All C-Class models have the reassuring firmness—in their ride, steering, and controls -- that has been a hallmark of Mercedes-Benz cars. The C-Class is not the most plush or high-tech offering in the segment, but it may be the most Germanic.
The C63 AMG is a different animal altogether. It's bristling with muscles, thanks to a 451-hp V-8 that speaks with a racy exhaust note. This 6.2-liter unit is the last of the big-displacement, normally aspirated AMG engines, and we'll be sad when it's gone. Metering out its tremendous power is a thrill, and we love the aggressively calibrated gearbox, hefty steering, and composed chassis. This is AMG's most rewarding product, until you get into silly money for something like an SLS AMG.
- Straightforward controls
- Teutonic feel
- Scintillating performance (C63 AMG)
You won't like:
- C250 acceleration
- Plain-Jane styling
- C63 AMG fuel consumption
- Audi A4/A5
- BMW 3 Series/4 Series
- Infiniti Q50
- Lexus IS