There are only two models available in the standard C-Class sedan range, and the only thing that differentiates them is the way they deliver power to the ground. The standard C300 is rear-wheel drive, while the 4MATIC is all-wheel drive. Both models are generously equipped, featuring keyless entry and start, hands-free access to the electrically-operated trunk, blind-spot assist, power moonroof, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory function, dual-zone climate control, and a Homelink garage door opener. On the safety side, the C-Class boasts attention assist, crosswind assist, blind spot assist, and a rearview camera. The optional safety kit includes a few of Mercedes’ semi-autonomous tech like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a surround-view system. Infotainment is taken care of by a 10.25-inch infotainment screen while a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster takes care of driver information.
The Germans have a long history of offering multiple packages and optional extras, and the C-Class continues that tradition. In addition to a number of one-off single options like an illuminated three-pointed star and LED logo projectors, there are four packages to choose from on the exterior side such as the AMG Line and AMG Line w/Night Packages for sportier styling, or the blacked out Night Edition. Inside, options include a heated steering wheel ($250), ventilated front seats ($450), and front passenger memory ($350), while a designo Nappa leather Package will set you back $3,800 for the most luxuriously upholstered interior possible.
From a tech perspective, standalone options include a panoramic roof for $1,000 or a head-up display for $100 more than that. If you like package deals, the Premium package equips 64-color LED ambient lighting, a Burmester surround sound system, and SiriusXM for $1,500 while the Multimedia Package adds navigation, a touchpad controller, live traffic updates, and Car-to-X Communication for $1,250. The Parking Assistance Package is a worthwhile investment at $1,150 as it includes park sensors, a 360-degree camera, and rear cross-traffic alert, while the $1,700 Driver Assistance Package includes Distronic semi-autonomous driving, active steering assist, evasive steering, and a slew of other assistance features.