For a while now, the BMW 4-Series (previously known as the 3-Series Coupe) and Audi A5 have been two German coupes that have taken the sports coupe segment by storm. The segment is now joined be newcomers like the Cadillac ATS Coupe and the subject of our review today, the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
With a luxurious and sporty design and a length that is larger than its predecessor, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is considered the sportiest variant of the C-Class lineup. However, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is definitely more comfortable and luxurious coupe than it is sporty. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe stacks up to its German competitors in today’s test drive review.
The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is one of the most beautiful in its segment. With sharp lines and an overall sculpted body, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe definitely holds its own in the segment.
The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is highlighted by an aggressive front end that features a diamond radiator grille that is blended into a long hood. From the side view, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe features a looping roofline that is emphasized by frameless doors.
Size-wise, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is 2.4 inches longer than its predecessor between the firewall and front axle. It sits on a wheelbase that measures 111.8 inches with an overall length of 184.5 inches. The width comes in at 71.3 inches while the overall height comes in at 55.3 inches. The suspension of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe sits 0.6 inches lower than the sedan to help give it a more aggressive stance and a sportier drive.
The interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is one of the most luxurious interiors in the segment, built with high-quality materials and with extreme style. The overall feeling of the cabin is emphasized by elegant design matched with a perfect balance of performance.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe comes with a long list of standard features including 7-inch color display, keyless start, power front seats with driver memory, automatic belt retractor, panorama sunroof, and a bunch of other features that will get into later in this review.
Our test drive model came with all the bells and whistles including Premium Package 1, 2 and 3. Some of the major highlights from the package include heated seats, keyless go, blind spot assist, an upgraded 8.4-inch color display that houses the COMAND Navigation, Bluetooth, a rear-view camera, Burmester Premium sound system, and a bunch of safety features that we’ll get into the safety section of this review.
Size-wise, the interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe offers quite a bit of legroom for rear seat passengers and front row passengers.
Our test model, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe, is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbo engine making 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe comes standard with the DYNAMIC SELECT mode selector that allows you to circle through Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes. It also has an Individual setting that allows you to customize many vehicle settings according to your preference.
Overall, we felt the ride quality of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe is more about luxury than it is about sport. When you pop it into Sport+ mode, the car does become quite a bit more responsive under aggressive driving, however, it is more about luxury and comfort than it is about hitting the track. If you’re in the mood for a sporty track car, you may want to try out the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe which offers an outstanding 503 horsepower.
Fuel economy wise, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe returns an EPA-rating of 23/29 mpg* (city/highway).
Besides the range of standard safety features, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus. Optionally, you can add on other driver assistance technologies like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and assist, lane keep assist, dynamic LED headlamps with high beam assist, cross traffic alert, crosswind assist, and much more.
There is no doubt Mercedes-Benz is getting serious about the coupe segment to take on the BMW 4-Series and the Audi A5. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is here to take on its two competitors with a strong list of standard features, expressive design, strong performance figures, and an overall feeling of luxury and sport. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe starts at $42,650**. If you’re interested in the luxury coupe segment, make sure you visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealership today for a test drive.
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.