2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Road Test

Redesigned and ready to lead the segment.

What It Is
A compact luxury sedan.
Best Thing
Great handing and smooth ride.
Worst Thing
Infotainment system seems like an afterthought.
Snap Judgment
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic delivers a dynamic driving experience.

Mercedes-Benz completely redesigned the C-Class for the 2015 model year, making it slightly larger to accommodate the new, smaller CLA-Class. And while the C-Class has long been one of the top sellers for the brand, with updated styling, new suspension, and new technology, this model will continue to stay at the top. But while there were definitely things to love about the redesigned C-Class, there were aspects that left us wanting more. Read on to learn what we thought of our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic.

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What We Drove

While you can get inside the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for just $40,400 before destination and handling, the C300 4Matic came with quite a few additions that brought the price up quite a bit. Standalone options included a rearview camera ($460), blind spot monitor ($550), panoramic sunroof ($1,480), and 19-inch AMG multispoke black wheels with performance tires ($500). Packages included a Premium Package ($1,680), Interior Package ($2,300), and a Sport Package ($2,170). Add a $925 destination charge and our model added up to a cool $50,795.

Standard features included a 7-inch color display infotainment system with a touchpad, media interface, Bluetooth, keyless start, power front seats, and more. Safety features included collision prevention assist, attention assist, brake assist, automatic headlights, adaptive brake technology, and an advanced airbag protection system. This model has yet to be tested by the government or the IIHS for safety.

The Commute

For those that have a commute that lasts over a half hour, comfort is a necessity that can often be overlooked. Luckily, when you're driving down the freeway in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic, that's one less thing you need to worry about. The seats adjust to your needs, and with heated seats, it's easy to beat those freezing morning temps.

But while the seats and the drive may be ideal, the infotainment system will leave you wanting more. The learning curve to pair your phone for both calling and audio streaming is steep and takes a few minutes. The new model comes with a touchpad control, and while it's useful when skipping through your music, it can be a big distraction. It seems like much of this system was an afterthought as even the screen looks haphazardly placed in the middle of the dash.

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The Grocery Run

When stacked against the competition, the 2015 C300 offers one of the biggest trunks on the market with 17.0 cubic feet. Only the BMW 3 Series matches that number, while the Audi A4 trails behind with barely 13 cubic feet of space. It's this large space that makes the C-Class the ideal choice when loading up with a week's worth of groceries or a few sets of golf clubs. With seats that fold, the C-Class accommodates larger items, while the rear seat can be used to hold more necessities.

Thanks to the available backup camera system with both audible and visual warnings, it's easy to maneuver in and out of tight parking lots. Our model didn't come with keyless entry, and we feel it would have definitely been beneficial when your hands are full and it's hard to fish out your keys from a purse or pocket.

The Weekend Fun

The Mercedes-Benz C300 is definitely one of those cars best suited to the open road, as it effortlessly gets up to speeds. With sharp handling and confident braking, the 2015 C300 4Matic makes the ideal weekend getaway car as it can hold all the necessities, as well as up to four adults comfortably. With all-new styling inside and out, the new C-Class stands out from its competition.

But its looks and features weren't our favorite thing. The drive itself is enough to purchase this car. Thanks to the paddle shifters, we were able to experience a more engaging drive and the freedom to shift gears when we wanted. With a price point much lower than you might expect from a luxury sedan, even without all the bells and whistles, the C300 4Matic offers a great value and an enjoyable drive for all customers.

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If you're in the market for a luxury sedan, chances are you're looking between the Audi A4, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. While all three have their pros and cons, we feel the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic has really stepped up its game to provide a complete experience. From great driving dynamics to an attractive and reasonably priced package, the new Mercedes can back up its claims as being one of the best. However, if you're on a budget, we'd suggest you go without some of the options like the upgraded wheels and only select the necessities.

Spec Box

Price-as-tested: $50,795
Fuel Economy
EPA City: 24
EPA Highway: 31
EPA Combined: 27
Cargo Space: 17 cubic feet
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Excellent
Estimated Combined Range: 486 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: N/A

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"Our model didn't come with keyless entry, and we feel it would have definitely been beneficial when your hands are full and it's hard to fish out your keys from a purse or pocket."

The vehicle tested in this article was listed as having Premium 1 Package, which includes keyless entry from all four door handles and the trunk release.  Just FYI.

-Brantley Williams

Master Certified

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Myers


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