Mercedes-Benz is the largest luxury car maker in India and keeps on launching new and exciting things to maintain its position. Recently they launched the all new C-Class in India called the ‘Baby S’, comparing the C-Class to the S-Class which is widely regarded as the best car in the world. But you cannot compare any car with the ‘S-Class’ without adding the same comfort, craftsmanship and features. We recently drove a 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and here are the top 5 reasons why the new C-Class is similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Design
One of the biggest reasons why Mercedes-Benz and everyone else is calling the new C-Class the Baby S is that it is very similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is definitely a good news for the C-Class. Is. Buyers in India. It is a near mirror image of the flagship sedan and gets a wedge-shaped rear with a stretched out profile, elongated hood and attractive taillights.
I got to drive the Mercedes-Benz C300d variant with an AMG kit and it is even better than the other variants, the AMG gives a more sportscar vibe than a luxury sedan with the grille, longer bonnet, prominent side skirts and bigger AMG wheels. Overall, the new C-Class is the best looking luxury sedan in its class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Features
Sitting inside the cabin of the C-Class, I can easily say that it has one of the best looking dashboard layouts in India. And what makes the new C-Class stand out is the overall ambient lighting theme that makes you drive this car at night. The C-Class’s cabin, like the S-Class, is an exact replica, only smaller in size. The kind of gadgets this new C-Class gets, I am attracted to it, putting the competition to shame.
The center of attraction is a large 11+ inch infotainment screen which acts as a command center for the vehicle and is complemented by a large digital instrument panel. The car also gets interesting features like fingerprint-based biometric authentication, Burmester Audio 3D surround system, remote cabin cooling and brake assist, a part of ADAS technology. You also get a dual pane sunroof and best in industry ambient lighting.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Practicality
All these gadgets and modern cabin don’t take away the roomy feel from inside and the car is quite spacious despite the use of dark materials. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets 21mm more legroom at the rear because of the longer wheelbase. You get a decent amount of storage in the large door pockets, central console and arm rests.
Then there’s the 455-liter boot rated, which is wide and deep, but ironically, the space saver tire eats up a lot of space. You can flip the rear seats down and open up more room at the touch of a button. Overall, the new C-Class has improved in space as compared to the outgoing model.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Engine
The model I drove was a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz C300d with 265 hp and 550 Nm output and claimed 0-100 in 5.7 seconds. Now trust me, all AMGs aside, this is probably Mercedes’ best driver’s car in a long time. Truth be told, driving the C300d was a decent experience with a mix of handling, braking, performance and exhaust notes.
The massive combined torque output of over 700 Nm adds to the punch and lets you push the sedan to its limits and complements the 9-speed automatic engine nicely. Put it in sports mode and it becomes even more curious, faster and more nimble. But that doesn’t mean that the C class screams from above when pushed hard.
Being a Mercedes and a luxury sedan, the level of NVH is supreme and the little grunt you get inside the cabin is on a sportier side, which gives an AMG feel. Then there is the EQ Charge Hybrid which adds range with regenerative braking. The biggest downside to an AMG kit in the C Class has to be the low ground clearance, specifically. For Indian roads with unplanned and uneven breakers.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Pricing and Rivals
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 55 lakh, while the C300d is priced at Rs 61 lakh. It continues to compete with the likes of BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 in our market. Pricing-wise, the C-Class competes with the 3-series Gran Limousine Edition and is costlier than other rivals, but comes with extra bells and whistles.