2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a couple of perennial rivals, and some late-arriving contenders for your dollars.

The BMW 3-Series has set the class standard for handling in the past, but it’s now bigger and more mature, and feels like it.

The same’s true for the Audi A4, though its front-drive architecture gives it a slightly leaner feel, and its dazzling digital cockpit throws a card that’s tough to trump.

We love the Cadillac ATS’ handling, but you didn’t, so the sedan’s gone for 2019.

The Infiniti Q50 has an expressive shape but misguided steer-by-wire system and last-gen infotainment.

Jaguar has a compact XE sedan in gas and diesel form; its handling is softly composed and it has endless poise, but it’s small, and its interior has less stereotypically British flair than the Benz, which seems very, very odd.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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7.0
Pricey and on the slighter side of mid-size, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops a beautiful cockpit, huge dollops of safety, and effortless AMG brilliance into the sport-sedan mix.
7.0
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
7.3
The 2019 BMW 330i moves back toward the sweet spot in sport-sedan greatness, with M Sport and M editions still to come.
6.4
The 2019 Cadillac ATS pares down to only a two-door coupe this year as it heads toward the sunset as Cadillac's sporty compact.
6.2
Handsome and athletic, the 2019 Infiniti Q50 is a sharp luxury sedan alternative to higher priced Germans.
5.8
The 2019 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan reminds us of the halcyon days of small four-door luxury cars.
MSRP From     
$41,400$37,400$40,250N/A$35,650$36,995
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsN/AMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
C 300 SedanPremium 40 TFSI330i SedanN/A2.0t PURE RWD25t RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanN/ASedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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