New 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is a Standout, With a Few Drawbacks
We’ve enjoyed this small, sporty, driver-focused sedan so far—but we wish we’d skipped the optional AMG sport suspension
After seven years without a major update, Mercedes-Benz gave the C-Class a significant revamp for 2022.
With its swept-back, low-slung design, the new C300 looks aggressive—like a precision tool for going fast. But in our short time with it so far, it has demonstrated a broad range of abilities that make it equal parts lap dog and show dog.
Stuck in traffic? It’ll comfort you with a plush interior and the latest technology, and even take away some of the stress of driving with a few advanced driving assistance features. Got a stretch of twisty road? It transforms into a compact sports sedan to be reckoned with—although a few unfortunate quirks keep it from truly shining.
The C-Class sits above the CLA and A-Class but below the E-Class in the Mercedes lineup, and has historically gone head-to-head with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series/4 Series. Other competitors include the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac CT5, Genesis G70, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and Volvo S60.
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What we bought: 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sedan, Pinnacle trim
Powertrain: 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Major options: AMG Sienna brown/black leather, $1,620; panorama sunroof, $1,000; driver assistance package, $1,700; parking assistance package, $1,000; multimedia package, including navigation, $1,700; digital light package, $1,100; AMG Line with Night package, including 18-inch wheels and sport suspension/steering, $3,050
Destination fee: $1,050
Total cost: $59,770