2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven - Mercedes' younger car has actually been with us for a very long time, turning up in 1993 to change the 190 as an affordable path to Mercedes possession. That initial C-Class was an authentic Mercedes, certainly, yet to American customers that recognized Mercedes as a purveyor of high-end autos, the C-Class was remarkably farming; durable however noticeably inexpensive as compared to the remainder of the schedule. That perception has actually stayed a rather continuous one till current years, offering the perception that maybe Mercedes simply had not been attempting all that difficult with the C-Class since it had not been interested.
2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven
That's all transformed, though. Currently in its 5th generation, the C-Class has actually become exactly what it was planned to be the whole time-- an appropriate Mercedes item in a much more reliable plan. Say goodbye to economical plastic and also rugged powertrains; this auto is a real deluxe automobile, the S-Class replicated in a smaller sized bundle. I invested a week with the 2015 C400 W4 to obtain a feeling of simply exactly how seriously Mercedes is taking the "near-luxury" market. The solution? Really seriously without a doubt.
2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven Outside
The huge auto's appearance is converted well to the smaller sized one, with curved personality lines taking the boxiness from exactly what goes to heart a standard three-box car, and also a lengthy hood with a large household grille in advance.
Similar to the previous C-Class, there's a selection of grille therapies; the flashy, body-colored variation and also an extra upright chrome grille full with hood accessory. The headlamps are highlighted by LED brows, like the bigger Mercedes cars.
The C400 provides a good-looking comparison to a lot of its rivals, that are shaking the wheels-at-the-corners appearance maded popular by Audi and also BMW, with even more in proportion hood as well as trunk lines. The pushed-back greenhouse offers the C400 an extra rakish appearance as well as stresses the vehicle's "face." A scenic glass sunroof is additionally readily available.
2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven Inside
Typically a C-Class powerlessness, Mercedes has actually updated the C400's indoor atmosphere in a large means. It's much prettier compared to any one of its peers. There's impact from the S-Class once more, however additionally a heaping assisting of sport-retro.
Numerous metal-ringed round air vents as well as the twin-gauge control panel are similar to timeless Mercedes vehicles, while the free-standing infomercial details display appears like an iPad as well as is offered in 7- as well as 8.5-inch dimensions. The facility panel is offered with light weight aluminum, open-pore black ash or linden timber trim, as well as created to appear like a solitary item, developing a streaming, top quality appearance. The C400 is both stylish and also flashy; my tester included a flat-bottomed sporting activity guiding wheel as well as two-tone Sporting activity Bundle inside with red seats and also black ash timber.
The dashboard is angled away from the front-seat guest to develop a comfy quantity of air room in advance, as well as a head-up screen tasks owning information on the windscreen. Rear-seat guests gain from a 3-inch stretch to the wheelbase that includes legroom.
This style expert functions very well, also. Down on the console, the rotating controller for Mercedes' common Comand infomercial system currently has a touchpad ahead, making it possible for smartphone-style pinch and also swipe inputs. It will certainly also acknowledge numbers and also letters made use of it. It functions well, and also the controller has a swoopy decorative want to it.
2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven Drivetrain
The C400's twin-turbo 3.0 litre V-6 generates 329 horse power for a healthy and balanced bump in variation and also power over the basic 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder in the C300. It relocates with authority, as well as my regular commute was changed right into something a little bit larger and also a lot more deliberate. Had to travel to the supermarket? This auto will certainly obtain the hell from those grocery stores. The C400 does not simply travel down the freeway, it goes someplace. The seven-speed transmission is smooth, as well as this auto generally really feels unwinded, yet deliberate. Respectable tailoring methods that the C400 could max out at 29 mpg on the freeway also.
2015 Mercedes C400 - Driven Price
Points are moderately straightforward in regards to rates with the C-Class nowadays. It's a two-model array, with the four-cylinder C300 beginning at $38,400 and also the four-wheel drive, V6-powered C400 4MATIC selling for $48,590. The Sporting activity Plan includes regarding $2,000 down line of the C300. The C400 I owned was quite filled, with the scenic sunroof, car parking help, sporting activity indoor plan, DISTRONIC AND ALSO as well as a multimedia plan, to name a few rewards, as well as stickered for $65,000 also. For real sports-sedan fans, AMG has the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and also AMG C63 S, with 469 and also 503 horse power, specifically. However that's a drive for an additional day.