The C 300’s turbocharged 4-cylinder is additional powerful this calendar year, even though the 48-volt mild hybrid program is a entirely new addition. While the on-paper specs glimpse outstanding (primarily that extra 148 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor), the actuality is that acceleration is suitable rather than awe-inspiring. Pulling away from a end is sleek, uneventful and — many thanks to the electric guide for the very first several mph — silent. The motor fires up imperceptibly as you build velocity, and the transmission by no means seriously receives caught out in a incorrect gear.
But the C 300’s approximated -60 mph time of 6. seconds is truly slower than Mercedes’ cited 5.7 seconds for the preceding era. Also, the new regenerative braking method that feeds the battery pack and electrical motor helps make the brake pedal’s action come to feel overly mushy and delicate. When the absence of grabbiness will allow for gradual and smooth stops, you have to push the pedal pretty far to in fact halt the C-Class. It truly is not quite the exact same as braking a big truck like a Ford F-150 or Chevy Tahoe, but it’s close. The steering is common for a small luxury sedan these times — it truly is a minor mild and lacking in come to feel in the typical Consolation manner. Deciding on Sport improves the hard work as you go from useless center, letting to a lot more properly position which way the tires are turned.
How comfortable is the C-Course?
The 2022 C-Class sedan has a pretty at ease trip, absorbing bumps and cracks in the pavement devoid of transmitting also a great deal avoidable roughness into the cabin. That explained, the suspension setup definitely does not lean far too considerably into the cushy facet Mercedes (and perhaps C-Class purchasers) prefers a extra participating and energetic sense for this smaller sedan. Hitting a square edge on the freeway, for occasion, produces a solitary thunk by the cabin but no residual shudders or oscillations. You could not listen to or feel this sort of impression in an S-Class, for occasion, nonetheless the C 300 also does not truly feel brittle when confronted with the tough stuff. This is reasonably standard of smaller luxurious sedans rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 deficiency the softness of their a lot more pricey siblings but are a bit a lot more fulfilling to drive offered their a lot more related street come to feel.
Our take a look at C 300 was geared up with the AMG Line with Night package deal, which, amid other include-ons, incorporates entrance sport seats with a bit thicker facet bolsters than the typical thrones. The seats have plenty of cushion and loads of adjustment, so obtaining a snug driving situation didn’t consider considerably time at all. Worthy of noting far too is that heated front seats keep on to be common, but you can now incorporate on ventilated seats in conjunction with the normal MB-Tex leatherette upholstery — beforehand, you had to decide for leather-based. Wind and tire sounds was a small extra elevated than envisioned on our first drive, but that could be thanks to the AMG Line package’s 19-inch wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 summer season tires.
How’s the C-Class’ inside?