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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Very impressive optional hard-drive-based navigation
Comes loaded with style and content
Kelley Blue Book
Audio system includes a 4GB hard drive
Even entry-level luxury cars these days offer a wealth of features to satisfy all but the most discerning of buyers, and the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is near the top of its class in terms of features.
The standard features list on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class contains many noteworthy items, but ConsumerGuide lists some of the most impressive as a "power sunroof, AM/FM/weatherband/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection, satellite radio," and a Bluetooth "wireless cell phone link." Kelley Blue Book adds "a motorized LCD display" and "dual-zone automatic climate control" to that roster.
Edmunds mentions a new version of "Mercedes' COMAND system" that "combines physical dash buttons with a mouselike controller" and allows the driver to control many of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class's functions. ConsumerGuide has many compliments for the C-Class, such as "clearly marked buttons" for the climate controls, but not for COMAND; they feel that "audio controls are more complicated" and "the navigation system itself is difficult to use, with many controls buried in a series of menus and submenus."
While the standard features are impressive on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the real standout section is the options list. Among the various options, Edmunds feels the coolest is the "Mulitmedia Package," which transforms the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class "into a mobile sound studio -- and movie theater. A built-in hard-drive not only powers the navigation system, it can also store up to 4GB." Even more unusual is the fact that on Mercedes-Benz's 2008 C-Class, "with the car in park, the car can also play DVDs through the pop-up LCD screen and superb Logic 7 surround-sound system," according to Edmunds.
Kelley Blue Book notes that "optional on the C300 are auto-dimming power folding side mirrors, heated front seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio," and "rain-sensing wipers." Cars.com reviewers appreciate the available options that Mercedes-Benz's 2008 version offers, especially the "impressive Harman Kardon six-CD/DVD surround sound system," but are slightly put off by having to pay "extra for folding seats," an optional feature on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class that they say is "standard in the least-expensive of cars."
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sports a long list of luxury features, with the difficult COMAND among them.