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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
COMAND, the command center for all your entertainment needs, has been simplified to the point that it is no harder to understand than BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s MMI
The optional iPod integration kit, when the navigation option is not chosen, has a terrible interface.
There’s a great audio control to the right of the driver in the console--it’s nice for flipping through the satellite-radio stations which tend to be clustered together.
For those of us who spend our working hours in front of a computer screen, the option to stow the display screen in the car is a welcome one.
the COMAND navigation system and control, which allow you to work most of the controls on the car with a single spinning wheel on the center console
Mercedes-Benz continues to sell the C Class in two main trim lines, Luxury and Sport, which get a number of details that can give them a dramatically different look. If you're unsure between these two lines, choose first by appearance, as within the basic feature set of each you can otherwise pick and choose options to build whatever you want.
Standard equipment even on the base C250 includes dual-zone automatic climate control; Bluetooth hands-free calling; Bluetooth audio streaming; cruise control, a HomeLink universal garage-door opener; and a power tilt/sliding sunroof. New for 2013 is the next-generation mbrace2 telematics and concierge system, which now includes a mobile app for remote horn and light operation and Valet Protect functionality, as well as Speed Alert, Driving Journal, and Curfew Minder services. There are also apps for Google Local Search, Facebook, and Yelp, among others.
A very long list of individual options are available, including (some of the highlights): heated front seats; a Harmon/Kardon Logic7 sound system; iPod/MP3 interface; voice control; and COMAND hard-drive-based navigation/infotainment system.
A range of packages are also available, combining some of the most common options into popular configurations. Appearance upgrades such as illuminated door sills, a roof spoiler, a painted sports grille, and upgraded wheels are all offered as standalone options.
C63 AMG models bring a host of performance upgrades, in addition to a long list of interior features including power steering adjustment, power heated AMG sport seats, Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound, a power rear sunshade, and special AMG instrumentation with a race timer.
The 2013 C Class models are luxury cars, and equipped that way--and their connectivity and tech offerings keep getting better.