How much does the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class cost?
The price of entry rises substantially with the latest generation vehicle.
The outgoing C200 sedan was priced at $66,900 before on-road costs. The new C200 starts at $78,900.
Likewise, the price of the C300 has expanded from $75,300 to $90,400.
Traditional rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 start at $71,900 and $59,900 plus on-road costs respectively for their entry variants.
In Mercedes’ defence, they’ve added a lot more equipment into the C-Class, either due to improved technology or because the majority of last-generation C-Class buyers optioned the gear onto their vehicles.
So, the AMG-Line exterior and interior styling package is now standard fit. Merc has also fitted the 48-volt “mild hybrid” electrical system that improves both efficiency and performance, bolstered the safety features and installed an 11.9-inch touchscreen.
Service intervals are 12 months or 25,000km. A five-year service plan corresponds to the warranty period and costs $5,200.
As is always the case with prestige cars, a variety of optional packs can be fitted to the car. These range from a $1,600 anti-theft and interior monitoring system to a $3,400 deal that bundles rear-wheel steering and adaptive dampers. It’s worth noting the latter pack can’t be had right now … the semiconductor shortage strikes again.
How safe is the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
Increased safety specification has contributed to the C-Class’s elevated pricing. A centre airbag, which is now needed to secure a five-star rating, is standard-fit and brings the total count to 10. Merc has also fitted the entry C200 with a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control and active lane change assist, which provides steering torque in the direction of the indicator if it detects it is on a road with multiple lanes in the same direction of travel.
The C300 extends the software and sensor list with active steering assist, active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist and traffic sign assist.
What is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class like inside?
As is norm for new cars, this C-Class is bigger than the previous model. The wheelbase has been stretched by 25mm and the car is now 4793mm long. That’s a big mid-sized sedan.
The expansion contributes to more elbow room front and rear, 35mm more knee room for back-seat passengers and more headroom.
Design cues from the S-Class luxury sedan are evident throughout the C-Class cabin, from the distinct upper and lower dashboard segments that flow into the centre console to the flattened round vents that are meant to be reminiscent of aircraft engine nacelles.
The C-Class also adopts an 11.9-inch portrait-oriented infotainment display. This can be operated in any manner of modes, from voice recognition to physically touching the screen, using the touchpad in the centre console, or scrolling through the track pads fitted to the steering wheel.
The driver’s screen remains a hi-resolution 12.3-inch digital unit with multiple display modes.
The C200 features faux-leather wrapped front seats with four-way powered adjustment, dual-zone climate control, and remote vehicle monitoring including the ability to lock or unlock the car.
The C300 adds leather upholstery, tinted privacy glass in the back windows and more advanced driver assistance functions.
Boot space in both variants is unchanged at 455 litres.