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Equipment

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Good equipment levels as standard
  • SE, Sport, AMG Line and two packs available
  • Plenty to be added at extra cost

Lots of standard kit, but even more can be added from the extensive options list

There are three equipment levels available from launch on the C-Class – SE, Sport and AMG Line – along with a long list of optional extras to further personalise your car. Even the lowest SE spec cars get a fair amount of standard kit.

Standard Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon equipment

The C-Class SE kicks off the range, with the following standard kit:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Dynamic Select driving mode selection
  • 10.25-inch colour infotainment display with sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth
  • Active Parking Assist (automatic parking) with parking sensors and reversing camera
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Cruise control
  • Artico man-made leather seat upholstery with heated front seats

Moving up to the C-Class Sport brings the following on top of SE:

  • 17-inch AMG Aero alloy wheels
  • 15mm lowered suspension
  • Full LED headlights
  • Sports seats in Artico man-made leather
  • Nappa leather wrapped steering wheel

Next up is the C-Class AMG Line, which builds on Sport with:

  • 18-inch grey alloy wheels
  • AMG body styling with sportier front and rear bumpers and side skirts
  • Alternative radiator grille
  • Sports braking system, sports suspension and sports steering set-up
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel
  • AMG sports seats
  • Flat-bottomed steering wheel

Buyers can build on standard specification of Sport and AMG Line trims by opting for the Premium or Premium Plus equipment lines.

Premium adds:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 64-colour ambient lighting
  • Comand Online infotainment upgrade with 3D mapping for the sat-nav, online services with traffic and weather information, voice control, SD card slots and two USB ports
  • Midline sound system
  • Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System
  • Wireless phone charging

Premium Plus adds even more on top of Premium:

  • 360-degree cameras
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • Keyless entry and ignition and automatic tailgate
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic is largely based on the AMG Line trim in terms of look, but comes exclusively with a 3.0-litre V6 engine, and the following differences over AMG Line:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Biturbo 4Matic badging
  • Black mirror housings
  • AMG-specific radiator grille with double louvres and AMG lettering
  • Red contrast stitching to the sports seats
  • AMG lettering on door sills
  • Red seat belts
  • High gloss black and aluminium interior trim

Mercedes-Benz C-Class optional extras

There’s a selection of optional extras available for the C-Class, some of which are more desirable than others.

One of particular interest is the Driving Assistance package, which adds:

  • Active Blind Spot Assist – monitors the car’s blindspot and alerts the driver of any vehicles in the blindspot
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist – warns the driver if they start to veer out of the lane, and will intervene if you drift over the line without indicating to keep you in correct lane
  • BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist – applies extra braking force if the driver isn’t applying enough and the car detects a potential incident
  • Distronic Plus – adaptive cruise control with steering assist and stop and go function in queuing traffic
  • Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection – autonomous emergency braking
  • Pre-Safe Plus – detects a rear-end collision and prepares the car by putting on hazard lights, tensioning the seat belts and closing the windows/sunroof

Other options include a range of paint schemes, interior trims and alloys. You can order a tow bar, a 360-degree reversing camera to cars without Premium or Premium Plus lines, a head-up display, a system to keep the cabin smelling nice, as well as Airmatic air suspension, memory function for the electric front seats and full leather upholstery.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

AMG S equipment

AMG S standard equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG S optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

SE Executive Edition equipment

SE Executive Edition standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
SE Executive Edition optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support

Safety

4.7 out of 5 4.7
  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Impressive amount of standard safety kit
  • More can be added at extra cost

Cutting-edge safety kit as standard, but even more can be added at extra cost

As you’d expect from a firm famous for it, the safety credentials of the C-Class are top-notch. In Euro NCAP crash tests, the Merc was awarded five stars.

There are seven airbags as standard, while a further two in the rear can be ordered as optional extras.

Other standard equipment includes Attention Assist (which warns the driver if the car senses they’re tired) and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can autonomously brake the vehicle.

The bodyshell itself is constructed of far higher strength (yet lighter) metals than on the previous C-Class, which serves to mitigate the effects of any collision.

Optional safety kit as part of the Driving Assistance package really bolsters the C-Class’s safety kit list, as detailed in the Equipment section of this review.

WATCH: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon Euro NCAP crash test

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 84%
Pedestrian: 77%
Safety Assist: 70%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Good amount of interior space on offer
  • Boot is a good size and well-shaped
  • Lots of extra storage space, too

Plenty of room for four in comfort, with super adjustable front seats and lots of extra storage space throughout

The C-Class is a surprisingly practical compact saloon, with enough space for four adults to comfortably sit for a long journey, as long as there aren’t two exceptionally tall people in the front seats.

There’s a vast amount of adjustment in the front, and the way the rear seat backs are reclined means those in the back shouldn’t struggle too much.

A fifth passenger won’t want to spend too much time in the middle rear seat, though, as the transmission tunnel seriously eats into foot room.

You get multiple storage options in the cabin including twin cupholders up front, large door bins and a large central storage area beneath the armrest.

All C-Class Saloons come with a standard reversing camera too, which will make parking a lot easier.

The C-Class isn’t an intimidating size, meaning manoeuvring and placing it on the road is easy

The C-Class isn’t a large car, and is very easy to manoeuvre in tight car parks or about town, with quick steering at low speeds to aid this.

With standard-fit parking sensors and the option of all-round cameras, it’s very easy to see all around the car, too.

Boot space varies slightly depending on the exact model chosen, but overall boot volume is competitive

At 460 litres the C-Class’s boot is a little smaller than those in the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series (480 litres for both), but with equally limited access due to the saloon body style. It’s wide enough to get most items in, but any trips to the dump will need something a bit more practical.

Oddly, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 has a slightly larger boot at 490 litres, and will expand to 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded. For other models, maximum boot space measures 1,480 litres with the rear seats down.

An electric tailgate is available (but you don’t really need it), and the rear seats split and fold easily if you need to load any longer items in, too.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A4 Saloon 480 litres
Lexus IS Saloon 450 litres
BMW 3-Series Saloon 370 litres
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon 335 litres