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Mercedes redesigned its C-Class sedan in 2015, and it was a clean break with the recent past. Bigger, more directly linked with the S-Class than ever, the latest C-Class has a slippery, sexy shape that bids farewell to most of the sharp corners and blunt details of the previous car.
The latest C-Class sedan has a more upright grille, one that's flanked by more intricately styled headlamps—they wear brows of LEDs, and can be composed of LEDs themselves. The lower front end is punctuated by big air intakes, flared and curved to convey performance without leaning too heavily on racing-derived shapes. Flared front fenders and three big creases that rise out of the nose give it a more streamlined appearance. The tail has a more rounded appearance that's a softer, pleasant complement to the front end.
This year's base engine carries over from 2015. It's a 2.0-liter turbo-4, as installed in the C300, that delivers 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Coupled to a 7-speed automatic and either rear- or all-wheel drive, it's plenty fast for most drivers, with 0-60 mph times registering in the mid-6-second range. It feels wonderful and whizzy in the way that the compact CLA45 AMG does; the engine finds its boost almost instantly, and while it doesn’t build to a high-rev frenzy or crackle like in the CLA45, throughout the rev band it feels strong and its turbo is staged well.
The cabin is the undisputed star in this C-Class. It's styled with a gorgeous waterfall effect at the center stack, rendered either in wood (including a stunning open-pore black ash wood), aluminum, or carbon fiber, depending on the model. The dash gently arcs around the front seats, which offer excellent shape and support, with extendable lower-cushion bolsters, good mid-back support, and full power controls for the front passengers. It all gives a sense of quality and appeal not found in the previous C-Class, or in many competing makes.
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