The C-Class Coupe is Mercedes-Benz's sporty derivative of its C-Class Sedan. For the latest model year the C-Class Coupe gets a swoopy front end borrowed from the latest C-Class Sedan along with a new rear-end treatment lifted from Mercedes' flagship S-Class Coupe.
As with its sedan counterpart, the C-Class Coupe has grown both in length and in width for this latest generation. Those added dimensions have directly benefited the C-Class Coupe's passenger volume, although rear seat space remains cramped for full-sized adults.
The C-Class Coupe rides on an all-new rear-wheel drive platform that is lighter and more rigid than the architecture it replaces. Although the previous C-Class Coupe was available with rear-drive only, this new version can be had with Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive for all-weather traction.
The C-Class Coupe is currently only available as the C300. However, Mercedes' AMG division will soon introduce two higher-performance models in the C43 and C63.
The C-Class Coupe largely borrows its interior design from the C-Class Sedan. That means an up-scale cabin highlighted by a high-mounted LCD screen running Mercedes' latest COMAND infotainment system. COMAND is controlled via a wheel knob and touchpad located on the center console.
In order to provide as much interior volume as possible, Mercedes has moved the C-Class' passenger's side speaker from the door panel to within the footwell, thereby increasing legroom. Mercedes has also increased the storage space in the C-Class Coupe's center cubby area.
Mercedes' MB Tex simulated leather comes as standard in the C-Class Coupe, but buyers can upgrade to the genuine article. A number of trim finishes are available, including piano black and matte wood.
Unlike the C-Class Sedan's three-abreast rear seating, the C-Class Coupe can only be had as a 2+2. Trunk space is also down by 2.1 cubic feet to 10.5 cubic feet in the Coupe.
The lone model currently in the C-Class Coupe lineup is the C300. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Shifting through a seven-speed automatic transmission, the C300 can hit 60 from a standstill in 5.9 seconds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but 4MATIC all-wheel drive can be specified for an additional charge.
Standard equipment on the C300 includes power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a panoramic sunroof.
For those craving a sportier ride without stepping up to the AMG models, the C300 can be had with a Sport Package that adds an AMG body kit, 18-inch AMG wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes. A Night Package can be ordered on top of the Sport Package, adding 18-inch black wheels and Gloss Black exterior accents.
An AIRMATIC package can also be ordered on the C300, replacing the car's standard metal springs with a full air suspension. The AIRMATIC upgrade comes with a multimode drive program that ranges from Comfort to Sport+.
Other notable options include navigation, a head-up display, heated and cooled seats, Mercedes' KEYLESS-GO system and a Burmester premium audio system.
On the safety front the C300 comes standard with dual front airbags, along with front row side airbags and side curtain airbags. Available safety equipment includes a rear-view camera, electronic parking aid, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and second row side airbags.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe squares off directly against the BMW 4-Series, Audi A5 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Lexus RC. Buyers could also compare the C-Class Coupe against Mercedes' own CLA four-door coupe.