The Mercedes-Benz C-Class for 2016 has come into its own, a worthy adversary to cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Fresh from a complete redesign last year, the 2016 car is larger, wider, lighter and more posh than previous-generation C-Class sedans. The C-Class offers new levels of luxury on the inside and ever greater performance under the skin, where a new C450 AMG model adds another option to the multifaceted C-Class lineup. And, while we’re pretty sure the C-Class won’t excite BMW auto crossers, it should appeal to those seeking big luxury-car trappings in a body not much bigger than a midsize sedan. Although the C-Class coupe was a carryover from last year, the new coupe will debut as 2017 model. 2016 Mercedes C-Class AMG
If your idea of a luxury car is one that pampers, impresses and occasionally thrills when the road turns winding, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should prove a very satisfying purchase. Vast improvements in interior design and materials help the 2016 C-Class shed its “entry-level” status.
While the C-Class’ styling is decidedly less stodgy than MB cars of yore, the chassis and steering feedback still don’t approach that of BMW, Cadillac or Audi cars. Those seeking similar creature comforts but not the lofty price tag might find more to like in a Chrysler 300 or Hyundai Genesis.
For 2016, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class gains a new trim, the C450 AMG, and drops the C400 from the lineup. The new C450 AMG performance sedan is intended to take on the Audi S4 and BMW 335i. Later in the year, a C-Class plug-in hybrid will be introduced.
With the exception of the AMG cars, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was never known for its stellar athleticism. But, in the 2016 C-Class sedan something is stirring that might begin to change hearts and minds. A lightweight body makes the C-Class feel more tossable, although there is still more steering isolation than with a similar-size BMW or Cadillac. On the flip side, the C-Class chassis demonstrates an undeniable solidity that reinforces a feeling of safety and competence. The C300’s 241-horsepower turbocharged engine is more than adequate for luxury buyers, but thrill seekers will want to opt for the 362 horses found in the C450 AMG, a car that splits the difference between the comfortable ride of the C300 and the sometime abrupt feeling found in the pricier C63 AMG. Traction is bolstered by MB’s excellent 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which is standard on the C450 AMG and available on the C300. 2016 Mercedes C-Class AMG
Once a feature found only on high-end Mercedes cars, the Airmatic suspension on the 2016 C-Class sedan helps control the ride and lessen the somewhat harsh feel afforded by the car’s run-flat tires. Four driver-selectable settings include Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport +.
DRIVER ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
The Driver Assistance Package on the 2016 C-Class features active lane-keeping and blind-spot assist, available via the adaptive cruise control that makes driving in heavy traffic an effortless affair.
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