2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Review: Brawn And Beauty

by Michael Butler

It might be one of the smallest coupes in the Mercedes-Benz arsenal, but the 2020 C-Class Coupe still packs an impressive punch and looks damn fine while doing so. Powering the 2020 range is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot developing 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, which it sends to either the rear wheels or all four via a nine-speed automatic transmission. So it might not have insane power levels, but it will still get to sixty in under six seconds and will stick with rivals such as the BMW 4 Series Coupe and Audi A5 Coupe. The C-Class Coupe also gets a bespoke rear suspension setup compared to the sedan for a more engaging driving experience, but can't match the previously mentioned rivals through the bends. Where the C-Class Coupe truly shines is in the styling department, it is a stunning car and feels more emotive than the cool and calculated offerings by BMW and Audi. Standard features are plentiful, and it's backed up by a good warranty as well. It's got enough beauty and brawn to win us over.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 C-Class Coupe?

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe first appeared in its current format back in 2015, and recently underwent a mid-life refresh, so changes for 2020 are not as significant - but there's still a good amount of newly standard features on offer. The C-Class Coupe still enjoys its 2019 power increase, redesigned LED headlights and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, but now adds blind-spot monitoring, power-folding mirrors, an electronic trunk closer, and the Premium Package is now standard. It includes a Burmester surround sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 64-color ambient lighting with illuminated door sills as standard.

Pros and Cons

  • One of the best interiors in class
  • Relaxing drive
  • It sure looks good
  • It can seat four adults
  • Lithe handling
  • The back seats are tight
  • Doesn't offer the most exceptional fuel economy
  • Unsightly air deflectors
  • Unintuitive touchpad infotainment system

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
C300 Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$45,950
C300 4MATIC Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$47,950

C-Class Coupe Exterior

The 2020 C-Class Coupe is one of the best looking cars in its class, especially when compared to the stifling Audi A5 Coupe or the brutish BMW 4 Series Coupe. 18-inch twin five-spoke wheels, rain-sensing window wipers, and a panoramic roof. The black diamond-block grille is flanked by a set of LED headlamps and wraparound LED taillamps, and an LED intelligent light system with adaptive high beam assist is an optional extra.

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Dimensions

This compact executive coupe measures 184.5 inches in length and rolls on a 111.8-inch wheelbase. Max width is 79.4 inches with the mirrors included, and there is 3.5 inches of ground clearance on offer. The C300 4Matic Coupe is slightly taller at 55.6 inches compared to the C300's 55.3 inches. The C300 Coupe weighs in at 3,572 lbs, while the all-wheel-drive 4Matic comes in at 3,682 pounds.

  • Length 184.5 in
  • Wheelbase 111.8 in
  • Height 55.3 in
  • Max Width 71.3 in
  • Front Width 61.1 in
  • Rear Width 62.0 in

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Exterior Colors

  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Graphite Grey Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Mojave Silver Metallic
  • Selenite Grey Metallic
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • designo Diamond White Metallic
  • designo Selenite Grey Magno, Late Availability
  • Polar White
  • Black

C-Class Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

This compact executive coupe measures 184.5 inches in length and rolls on a 111.8-inch wheelbase. Max width is 79.4 inches with the mirrors included, and there is 3.5 inches of ground clearance on offer. The C300 4Matic Coupe is slightly taller at 55.6 inches compared to the C300's 55.3 inches. The C300 Coupe weighs in at 3,572 lbs, while the all-wheel-drive 4Matic comes in at 3,682 pounds.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

As can be expected from a sporty two-door Mercedes-Benz, handling is comfortable and confident without being too stiff or overly plush. Around town, the ride is compliant and well sprung, and those same characteristics apply on the open road, the only place where the coupe shows a bit of harshness is over bad low-speed surfaces. In Sport or Sport+ modes, things get seriously stiff and should be avoided if you care about your spine. Compared to the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 Coupe, the C-Class Coupe feels like the less engaging car to drive, but nevertheless, it is capable of tucking into corners with impressive ability, and its unique rear suspension setup, not available on the sedan, gives it some extra mechanical grip. Steering is typically light but offers good responses and ample weighting.

C-Class Coupe Gas Mileage

The 2020 C-Class Coupe might be more powerful than the BMW 430i Coupe, but it pays for the advantage with lower than expected gas mileage figures. The EPA claims estimates of 22/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined for the RWD model, while the AWD car sees those numbers drop slightly to 21/30/25 mpg. By comparison, the BMW 430i Coupe will return 23/34/27 mpg in automatic RWD guise, dropping to 21/33/25 mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual transmission, but the AWD version will drop below C-Class figures with a reading of 21/31/24 mpg. With a maximum fuel capacity of 17.4 gallons, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe offers a maximum range of 435 miles in varying conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/31 mpg
* 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 Coupe

C-Class Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

The beautifully sculpted front seats of the 2020 C-Class Coupe offer great comfort and add to the overall experience of this German coupe. The rear, however, is a different story; its harder seating surface and limited space make it difficult for adults to remain comfortable over longer journeys. In terms of interior dimensions, the 2020 C-Class Coupe offers 38.8 inches of headroom in the front, and a cramped 35.6 inches in the rear; legroom measures a generous 42 inches in the front but comes in at a tight 32 inches in the back, and it'll only seat four - at a push.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 38.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 32.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.6 in

C-Class Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

To be fair, no one can truly expect to get mountains of trunk and cargo space when purchasing a two-door coupe, but the C-Class Coupe surprises with a generous trunk size. A wide opening and low liftover mean the trunk on the C-Class Coupe seems larger than it is, and with the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats in the folded position, there's an impressive amount of usable space; more than enough for a couple of golf bags or half of your Herbalife stock. Small items can be stored in the front glove box, armrest storage bin, and door pockets, and there are four cup holders in total. Rivals perform much the same, save for the 4 Series which obliterates the C-Class' trunk volume.

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  • Trunk Volume
    10.5 ft³

C-Class Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

Mercedes-Benz has crammed a whole lot of standard features into the 2020 C-Class Coupe, with even more options on offer, and we're thoroughly impressed. The exterior gets LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights, a panoramic roof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and power-folding mirrors. The 18-inch five-spoke wheels are connected to a selective damping system for added comfort. The interior of the Coupe is also decked out with some tasty German treats; in the front, you get power seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a range of automated access features such as an electronic trunk closer, hands-free access, a HomeLink garage door opener, and remote opening windows and sunroof tech. Comprehensive driver assistance is ever-present with standard attention assist, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring, while optional extras include evasive steering assist, semi-autonomous driving, and a surround-view camera among many other available items.

Infotainment

The 2020 C-Class Coupe is equipped with a standard 10.25-inch high-resolution center display and analog gauges with a high-resolution multifunction display behind the steering wheel. The end result is a futuristic setup that stands in beautiful contrast with the rest of the cabin, which follows a more classic approach to design. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth streaming, dual USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as an HD Radio receiver, and steering wheel-mounted touch control buttons. The system works well enough, but the touchpad system can be a pain to interact with. The standard Burmester surround sound system features 13 speakers with a 590-watt nine-channel digital amplifier. We thought that Happy Face by the Murlocs sounded better than ever over this premium system.

C-Class Coupe Problems and Reliability

The C-Class has been at the receiving end of quite a number of recalls in recent history - six in 2019 alone, although 2020 models have yet to face a single one. Mercedes will back the 2020 C-Class Coupe with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which includes corrosion, drivetrain, and roadside assistance; various maintenance plan options are available.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

C-Class Coupe Safety

The C-Class range of cars has been a traditionally solid choice if you were looking for a safe vehicle, and that hasn't changed. Although the C-Class Coupe hasn't been tested, the sedan was awarded a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, and, with much of the same tech in the two-door, we expect it to perform similarly. The C-Class Coupe comes fitted with eight airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain, and rear side airbags) and also gets an impressive range of active driver assistance tech such as active brake assist, driver attention assist, blind-spot warning, and cross-wind assist. Surround-view cameras and semi-autonomous functionality are all available, as is evasive steering assist and a head-up display.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe a good car?

The C-Class Coupe has never been marketed as an all-out sports car able of setting scorching lap times around the Nurburgring. Instead, it offers solid performance, a capable but comfortable ride, and, most importantly of all, bucket loads of style. The 2020 C-Class Coupe is better than ever, and in its class, there's very little that can come close to offer such a good all-round package. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot is punchy and will see the C-Class Coupe hit sixty in under five seconds. Out on the road, it is one of the most comfortable cars to drive but isn't as dynamically capable as the BMW 4 Series or Audi A5 Coupe. Most will be surprised by its ample trunk space, but rear passengers will struggle to get comfortable with only 32 inches of legroom. The interior of the C-Class Coupe is as impressive as its exterior and must be one of the most beautiful interiors in the compact executive coupe class. Forget about all-out performance; the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is a fashionista that can walk the runway as well as it can cruise the streets.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe?

To get behind the wheel of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will set you back at least $45,950 for the RWD model. That price climbs to $47,950 for the 4MATIC version. These prices exclude registration, tax, and a destination fee of $995. The Merc is slightly more expensive to start with when compared with the BMW 4 Series Coupe at $45,950 and Audi A5 Coupe at $44,200.

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🚗What Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Model Should I Buy?

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is available in only one trim, but you do get the option of going for the AWD 4MATIC version. Going all-wheel-drive will add only $2,000 to the final asking price. So, if we were buying, we'd go with the AWD configuration, and add a few optional extras to round things off. For the exterior, we would add the $1,500 AMG-Line body styling package, which adds a set of gorgeous 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels as well as a sports brake system and a chrome diamond-block grille. Inside we'd get the $200 wireless charging pad and the Parking Assistance Package, which costs $1,150 and adds active parking assist, a surround-view camera system, and rear cross-traffic assist would also make the cut. We'd have ours in Selenite Grey Metallic. Those looking for even more assistance may want to shell out $1,700 on the Driver Assistance Package for the semi-autonomous functionality, evasive steering assist, lane change assist, and stop-go cruise control functionality.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Comparisons

Audi A5 Coupe Audi
BMW 4 Series Coupe BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe255 hp22/31 mpg$45,950
Audi A5 Coupe 248 hp24/32 mpg$42,900
BMW 4 Series Coupe 248 hp23/34 mpg$44,950

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe vs Audi A5 Coupe

The $44,200 2020 Audi A5 Coupe comes off a full redesign back in 2017 and a refresh for 2020, and offers a good balance of bold looks, dynamic handling, and good straight-line performance, as well as class-leading luxury. As is standard fare in this class, the A5 Coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine, which produces 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent exclusively to all four corners via seven-speed auto transmission, and you can expect to see 23/34/27 mpg city/highway/combined. Whereas the C-Class Coupe takes on more of a dramatic and elegant approach to its styling, inside and out, the A5 looks and feels like a more calculating machine, but both offer splendid refinement and luxury. The A5 is definitely the more involving driver's car, but as with the C-Class, is no hardcore sports car and will let you know that at the limit. Inside, the A5 offers a beautifully serene space that offers all the comforts and tech that Mercedes-Benz has on offer. Space and practicality are good too. These two cars are both beautifully balanced, with the Audi offering a better driving experience, while the Merc brings style and a sense of occasion to the party. It's up to you whether you want to go for the numbers or the looks.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe vs BMW 4 Series Coupe

The 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe starts off with an MSRP of $44,950 and has a lot going for it, especially in the driving department. The 430i is available in RWD or AWD guise and gets its power from a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine which produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque; that's less than what you get in both the Audi A5 and C-Class Coupe. It might be down on power, but it will pip the C-Class Coupe to sixty, and still manage 23/34/27 mpg city/highway/combined. The 4 Series Coupe's biggest party trick is how much fun it is to drive compared to the C-Class. It's no M-car by any stretch of the imagination, but its stiffer suspension and direct steering mean you can chuck it into corners with added gusto. The interior of the BMW is typically refined, but can't match the C-Class' elegance and feels dated in comparison. The features list isn't as impressive as that of the C-Class, and it isn't as safe to drive as the C-Class, according to the IIHS. The 4 Series should appeal to a younger market who appreciate the driving experience and shoutier looks of the 4 Series Coupe.

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