The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is noticeably larger than before, growing 3.0 inches in wheelbase, 3.7 inches in overall length, and 1.6 inches in width. The resulting increase in size translates to a roomier, more usable rear seat, as well as more cargo space, now up to 12.6 cubic feet in the trunk.
The interior really takes care of you, especially if you’re in the front seats. The front perches are wonderful, with extendable lower-cushion bolsters, good mid-back support, and full power controls for the front passenger -- all ways that some of the compact luxury rivals let us down. The beltline feels quite high, yet the dash is definitely lower than in previous M-B models, and its predecessor; and we like the combination of security and outward visibility. The cabin stays tight and quiet, too, with excellent isolation of wind noise.
One thing that does let us down is back-seat space. Despite the several inches of added length and wheelbase (and a claimed boost in legroom), there’s really not enough legroom or knee room for those six foot or taller -- and changes to the door cut and roofline back there actually make it tougher to get in versus the outgoing version, we think. Trunk space is indeed vast for this size of car, and the rear seatbacks flip forward, almost effortlessly, with a lever from the trunk side, to provide a flat floor that’s far more convenient than the ski pass-throughs you find in some sedans.
Inside the enlarged cabin, Mercedes has upgraded the look and feel of materials throughout, as well as the technological side controls. A 7-inch central display is standard, with an optional upgrade to an 8.4-inch screen as part of the Multimedia package.
Of course, size isn't everything; there's also the matter of quality, and here, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is unmatched in its segment. Fine wood trim (including a stunning open-pore black ash wood), brushed aluminum, or even piano black plastic--all give a sense of quality and appeal not found in the previous C-Class, or in many competing makes.