The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class covers the gap between nearly-entry-level luxury (the 2014 CLA is now the most affordable Benz), all the way out to compact high performance sedans and coupes.
Both models share the same striking front end, mixing soft curves with hard-edged angles and LED running lights. Inside, it's a blend of luxury trimmings and sporty lines, with vehicles skewing in one direction or another, depending on which trim you choose.
The Coupe draws on its four-door sibling's cues to deliver a car that's unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz, but at the same time, it's a bit sportier and sexier than the sedan in its proportions.
With 2012's refresh, the C Class got a more prominent grille to match other new Mercedes models, but the overall design has been carried forward, with a smooth, gently arcing roofline paired with smooth side sheetmetal and crisp front and rear details. Sculpted strakes in the hood, and especially along the side, add expressiveness and more 'action' to the design.
There's more race-inspired detail in the Coupe, too. While sedans edge toward the luxurious end in most of their guises, Coupes get revised trim and a different steering wheel, with refined materials and premium finishes at the forefront in either model--though buyers can configure a very sporty-looking sedan as well.
At the zenith of the C Class range, the C 63 AMG Coupe is much more aggressive and dramatic inside and out, with wider fender arches, AMG badges and unique interior elements. And if the raspy sounds of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine weren't enough, twin chrome tailpipes signal this model from the rear.