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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz
8.2
Price$76,500 - $125,100
Fuel Efficiency6.9 - 7.6 / 100km
ANCAP RatingNot tested
Warranty5 years
Price$76,500 - $125,100
Fuel Efficiency6.9 - 7.6 / 100km
ANCAP RatingNot tested
Warranty5 years

About the C-Class

The C-Class is a mid-size luxury passenger vehicle that's among one of the best-known nameplates in the Mercedes-Benz line-up.

It competes with arch rivals the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, as well as other challengers including the Alfa Romeo, Genesis G70, Jaguar XE and Volvo S60.

An all-new C-Class hit Australia in 2022, solely as a sedan. The long-running wagon has been axed from the local line-up for 2022, and the high-riding C-Class All-Terrain available overseas won't be coming here.

So far, the C200, C300 mild-hybrids are now on sale, with the C350e plug-in hybrid due later in 2022. Go-fast AMG models to replace the previous C43 and C63 are expected imminently.

Summary

Our expert's shortest summary
Hit

Beautiful interior displays

Excellent cabin noise-suppression

Smooth and quiet electrified engines

Miss

Price increases

No wagon options this time

Fiddly steering wheel controls

C-Class Price

What is the price of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing:

  • Mercedes-Benz C200: $78,900
  • Mercedes-Benz C300: $90,400

All prices exclude on-road costs

News

All the latest C-Class news

Range Guide

Which variant of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range is best for you?

C200 highlights:

  • 18-inch Tantalite Grey five-spoke alloy wheels
  • 11.9-inch MBUX portrait-oriented touchscreenSatellite navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wireless)
  • Fingerprint scanner for driver profiles
  • Mercedes me Connect app functionality
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Semi-autonomous parking assist
  • Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Powered boot closing
  • Electrically-adjustable sports seats with four-way lumbar support
  • AMG Line interior trim
  • AMG floor mats
  • 64-colour ambient lighting
  • Illuminated front door sills with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • AMG Line grille insert
  • AMG Line body styling
  • Electrically-adjustable side mirrors with electric folding and heating
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Dynamic Select system with four selectable driving modes

C300 adds:

  • 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Driving Assistance Package Plus
  • Leather upholstery
  • Privacy glass

Variants

What are the variants of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
BASE MODEL
FROM
$76,500
EDITION C MHEV
FROM
$78,900
MHEV
FROM
$78,900
AMG LINE PLUS EDITION
FROM
$89,800
2D COUPE
2D COUPE
2D CABRIOLET
2D CABRIOLET
Variant Name
BASE MODEL
Price From
$76,500
Series
C205 MY23
Style
2D COUPE
Transmission
9-speed Automatic G-Tronic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Economy
7.0L / 100km
Seating Capacity
4
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
turbocharged four-cylinder
FULL SPECS

Interior

Photos and Images of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

Screens, screens and more screens. Super-crisp and high quality, with smartphone-like processing. With these displays and the ambient colour options, it’s even more of a showstopper (and showroom heart-stealer) than the old model.

Once you settle into the nicely sculpted seats (Artico is a convincing leather alternative) with great headrests, you notice the new touch-sensitive seat controls in the door, next to the familiar Burmester silver speaker covers, beautiful switchgear, and sculpted plastics.

Small touches such as the click-clack, backlit, rounded-rectangular air vents add a feeling of tactility and substance to a largely digitised environment, as do the almost Italian-looking padded dash inserts with lovely stitching.

Various trims are available, with metal-weave inserts and various wood trims being nice, and glare-enhancing piano black less so. The ubiquitous latter is used extensively along the tunnel, fascia and wheel, and you’ll battle to convince me of its worth.

The electrically-adjustable steering wheel has the company’s new design, with two spokes per side, and slim stalks behind on the column for indicating and changing gears. The spokes each have their own bank of touchpads to control functions: for example to increase the volume of the audio you slide your thumb up and down.

We found these controls fiddly at first, to be honest, making it finicky to change the volume or cruise control settings.

The portrait-oriented centre display is great for mapping, and the key ventilation controls always stay on the lower portion of the screen for easier access. There are copious menus to cycle through, accessible from large icons on the home page.

The instrument cluster is similarly slick, as controlled by the top-right wheel spoke. The appearance of the screens can be individualised with three display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service) – rather like the S-Class.

As well as having functions that are remotely controllable via the Mercedes Me app, a fingerprint scanner under the screen allows users to log into their own MBUX profile quickly.

Storage solutions include good door bins, a split centre console, an opening section with cupholders under the centre screen, and a glovebox.

The new C-Class has an additional 25mm of wheelbase, improving headroom and knee-room in the rear. The sunroof hurts headroom, though my 194cm frame could still fit behind my driving position.

Rear amenities include vents, and access to USBs in the centre console. However, the boot capacity remains 455L, and with no wagon on the way, practicality has taken a backwards step.

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Exterior

Photos and Images of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

Despite being a generational overhaul, the new C-Class is an evolutionary design rather than revolutionary, once again looking like a mini S-Class in sedan guise.

All models come standard with angular LED headlights and tail lights, as well as alloy wheels – 18-inch on the C200, 19s on the C300.

The Australian line-up comes as standard with sportier AMG Line styling inside and out, though at launch there is a C200 Edition C package that swaps out the AMG Line styling for the more subdued Avantgarde package.

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C-Class Colours

What colours are available for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The C-Class is available in the following exterior paint colours:

  • Spectral Blue metallic
  • High-Tech Silver metallic
  • Opalite White metallic
  • Hyacinth Red metallic
  • Obsidian Black metallic
  • Graphite grey metallic
  • Mojave Silver metallic
  • Cavansite Blue metallic
  • Selenite Grey metallic
  • Polar White

Cost of Ownership

What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Mercedes-Benz offers three-, four- and five-year servicing plans for the C-Class. Service intervals are 12 months or 25,000km – whichever comes first.

Pricing for the service plans are as follows:

  • Three services: $2650
  • Four services: $3600
  • Five services: $5200

How it Drives

Our expert take on Mercedes-Benz C-Class drivability?

The new C-Class moves over to the latest ‘MRA’ platform, and shares a lot of similarities with the top of the Mercedes tree S-Class. Over the old car it has a new four-link front axle and five-link rear mounted to a subframe.

Passive dampers come standard, with active dampers to be made available in a package – although said package is currently not available in Australia due to chip shortages.

The same soon to arrive package adds rear-wheel steering, a neat feature which turns the back wheels the opposite way to the fronts at low speeds, and the same at speeds above 60km/h, thereby shaving 43cm from the turning circle and enhancing higher-speed stability.

The thing that really stands out on the new C-Class is the amazing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) suppression, with the interior feeling relaxing even over some classic coarse-chip Aussie back roads. Many European luxury cars utterly fail this test, but not the new C-Class.

The electric power steering default is low-resistance but syncs to the driving mode selector alongside ESP, throttle and transmission shift points, plus the dampers where applicable. You control all these via a slick home screen menu, with button shortcuts.

Even on 19-inch wheels the ride quality felt relatively good (on roads of MB’s choosing), and we drove both damper choices since a few early-build cars with the Engineering Package have landed. Neither struck me as excessively firm.

The best part about both mild-hybrid engines is again the refinement, with the stop/start systems almost imperceptible, and the engine shutting off at high speeds (and times of low-resistance) quite frequently. Any major torque hole down low felt filled-in too.

The C200 felt sprightly enough, but stepping into the C300 certainly brought about a little greater rolling response. That said, you’re expected to pay a decent premium for it…

From a driver safety standpoint, the new C does a great job of helping you keep your eyes where they should be, with a ton of different setting and menus to cycle through on your instruments (including maps and driver-assist status guides), and the voice control system lets you handle many functions from changing the cabin temperature through to opening the sunroof.

Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

Standard safety equipment includes:

  • 10 airbags including a centre-front airbag
  • AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Surround-view cameras
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Semi-autonomous parking assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist (steering assist)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with exit warning function
  • Active bonnet
  • Speed limit assist

The Driving Assistance Package Plus, standard on the C300, adds the following standard safety features:

  • AEB junction assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
  • Blind-spot assist
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane following assist
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Side-impact anticipation and protection system
  • Traffic sign assist

C-Class Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The fifth-generation 'W206' C-Class launched globally in 2021 and arrived in Australia in the early stages of 2022 – it's fresh as you can get. Don't expect any major changes for a few years. We anticipate a mid-life update in Australia around late 2025.

C-Class Options

Options list for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Notable optional extras include:

  • Digital Light Package
  • Rear-axle steering*
  • Augmented reality navigation

*Currently unavailable due to semiconductor-related shortages

C-Class Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

All 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

C-Class Stock Availability

Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

Mercedes-Benz Australia has noted the new C-Class isn't as readily available as it would like, and additionally the global semiconductor shortage means certain optional features are not available for the time being.

The local division has also recently moved away from a traditional dealer network to an agency sales model, meaning fixed pricing and the removal of franchise-owned stock.

While there's no set time frame of when stock and component constraints will ease, it's expected things should improve throughout the course of this year and beyond.

C-Class Infotainment

What infotainment do you get within the range?

The 11.9-inch MBUX touchscreen is the latest in in-car tech and arguably best in class. You can read a review of MBUX here.

In brief, you also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wireless) a nifty fingerprint scanner for driver profiles, Mercedes me Connect app functionality and a super high resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

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C-Class Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Boot space is 455L with the rear seats upright.

C-Class Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Mercedes-Benz C-Class use and what are its emissions?

Claimed combined cycle fuel economy figures for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range are as follows:

  • C200: 6.9L/100km
  • C300: 7.3L/100km

Both of these models require 98 RON premium unleaded petrol and have a 66L fuel tank.

Depending on the variant, view the 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ C200 fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
-C205 MY232D COUPEUNLEADED PETROL--7.0-
EDITION C MHEVW206 MY234D SEDANPREMIUM UNLEADED/ELECTRIC--6.9-
MHEVW206 MY234D SEDANPREMIUM UNLEADED/ELECTRIC--6.9-
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONC205 MY232D COUPEUNLEADED PETROL--7.0-
MHEVW206 MY234D SEDANPREMIUM UNLEADED/ELECTRIC--7.3-
-C205 MY232D COUPEUNLEADED PETROL--7.0-
-A205 MY232D CABRIOLETUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONA205 MY232D CABRIOLETUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONC205 MY232D COUPEUNLEADED PETROL--7.0-
-A205 MY232D CABRIOLETUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONA205 MY232D CABRIOLETUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-

C-Class Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class measures in at 4793mm long, 1820mm wide and 1437mm tall, with a 2865mm wheelbase.

Depending on the variant, the 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ C200 measures as below.

VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
C205 MY232D COUPE4691181014022840
EDITION C MHEVW206 MY234D SEDAN4751182014372865
MHEVW206 MY234D SEDAN4751182014372865
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONC205 MY232D COUPE4691181014022840
MHEVW206 MY234D SEDAN4751182014372865
C205 MY232D COUPE4691181013962840
A205 MY232D CABRIOLET4691181014062840
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONA205 MY232D CABRIOLET4691181014062840
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONC205 MY232D COUPE4691181013962840
A205 MY232D CABRIOLET4691181014062840
AMG LINE PLUS EDITIONA205 MY232D CABRIOLET4691181014062840

The 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ C200 has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

C-Class Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The C-Class has long been one of the go-to compact premium sedans, but competition is as stiff as ever.

The fifth-generation C-Class puts a real focus on luxury, comfort and refinement, meaning if you want the most high-end-feeling vehicle in the segment, the Benz should probably be at the top of your list.

Rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE have a more sporting skew, while the Audi A4 is more understated in its presentation both in terms of styling and appointments.

C-Class Sales Data

How well has the Mercedes-Benz C-Class been selling?

The C-Class has long been Australia's favourite premium medium passenger vehicle, but in 2021 it was overtaken by the BMW 3 Series, largely due to runout stock drying up ahead of the new model's launch.

It still finished second overall, returning 2832 sales and 22.5 per cent share of the segment – compared to the 3 Series's 3982 units and 31.6 per cent share.

Given the new model is significantly more expensive and the line-up slimmer than before, at least for the time being, the C-Class won't be breaking any sales records set by its predecessor for a little while until supply opens up as do more variants.

Should you buy the C-Class

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

The prices are up, but the C-Class feels more like a baby S than ever.

In terms of interior displays, finishes, ride comfort, refinement, and subtle-yet-elegant design, it remains a class leader.

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your W205 for a W206, there isn’t a heap to disappoint you – lack of wagon and new price positioning aside.

We’re also eagerly awaiting the eventual long-range plug-in hybrid, and Mercedes-AMG C43 and C63 derivatives to drop, to fill out the range.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

The C-Class has long been one of the go-to compact premium sedans, but competition is as stiff as ever.

In this latest iteration, the fifth-generation C-Class puts a real focus on luxury, comfort and refinement, meaning if you want the most high-end-feeling vehicle in the segment, the Benz should probably be at the top of your list.

Rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE have a more sporting skew, while the Audi A4 is more understated in its presentation both in terms of styling and appointments.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interesting Facts

Did you know?

The W206-generation C-Class will mark the first time the nameplate has been exclusively powered by four-cylinder engines, all sporting some form of electrification.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class range kicks off from $76,500 (plus on-road costs) for the "C-Class BASE MODEL" variant and finishes at $125,100 (plus on-road costs) for the "C-Class AMG LINE PLUS EDITION" variant.

Depending on the variant, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class may be built in South Africa or Germany and is then shipped to Australia.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

Mercedes-Benz suggested that owners service their Mercedes-Benz C-Class every 12 months or 25,000km, whichever comes first.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The variants of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class use Unleaded Petrol or Premium Unleaded/electric.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in 2 or 4 door variants.

In our latest review the Mercedes-Benz C-Class scored 8.2 out of 10. Read the full Mercedes-Benz C-Class review here.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class had a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.
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