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2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e

What We Like

Styling; technology; quiet, well-trimmed cabin; impressive handling; optional air suspension

What We Don't

Pricey options (as usual with German cars)


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e?

A 9-speed automatic transmission replaces the 7-speed unit in last year's C 300 and C 300 4Matic variants, resulting in 0.2 seconds shaved from the sedans' 0-to-60 mph time, which is now 5.8 seconds.

The C 350e plug-in hybrid receives LED headlamps as standard. The C 300 Coupe gets a rearview camera as standard.

A power sunroof is standard for the sedans; extendable sun visors are standard throughout. A smartphone integration package (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) is a new option. Mercedes-Benz says its AMG engineers have revised various technical features of the C 43 to improve its driving dynamics and bring them more into line with the higher-level AMG models.

The options structure has also changed. The bundles are now smaller, making it easier for buyers to select their preferred features. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models for sale near you

Which C 350e is the Best?

With several body styles and engine choices, a recommendation for one person would make no sense for another. But you can't go wrong with any of them. We do have a fondness for each of the C 43 variants, however.

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How Much Does a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e Cost?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in sedan, coupe and cabriolet (4-seater soft-top) body styles, with choices of drivetrains and features. All-wheel drive (4Matic) costs $2,000 extra where applicable.

The C 300 sedan ($41,245) has 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, simulated leather upholstery (much better than it sounds), a 14-way power driver's seat with memory, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, the Comand infotainment system with a 7-in screen, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with USB/SD card slots and HD Radio.

An AMG Line bundle brings AMG body styling, 18-in AMG wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, performance front brakes, a sport steering wheel and various sporty interior flourishes. A Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision mitigation and lane-keeping assistance. The Advanced Lighting Package brings full LED lighting inside and out, automatic high beams and headlamps that follow the steering. The Multimedia package enlarges the infotainment screen to 8.4 inches while bringing a touchpad controller, navigation and voice control.

The sedan-only C 350e ($48,895) has the air suspension, LED headlamps and 18-in alloys as standard.

The C 300 coupe ($44,195) and C 300 cabriolet ($52,195) come with keyless entry/start, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring and 18-in alloy wheels. Naturally, the cabriolet has a powered fabric roof, with the neck-heating Airscarf feature as standard.

Additional C-Class options include leather upholstery, heated and/or ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a wood/leather steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, keyless entry/ignition, a cabin ventilation system that emits fragranced air, a head-up display, an illuminated grille star, a 590-watt/13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, a powered trunk lid, an adaptive air suspension and active parking.

The C 43 sedan ($54,395), coupe ($56,895) and cabriolet ($61,795) have all-wheel drive as standard.

The C 63 sedan ($67,095/$74,695 for the S), coupe ($68,495/$76,495) and cabriolet ($74,495/$82,495) have an aero body kit, 18-in alloys, huge brakes, a sport suspension, a sport exhaust, more prominent seat bolsters and dedicated interior trim. Exclusive AMG-related options include a limited-slip differential, plus dedicated cosmetic and performance upgrades.

C 350e Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
C-Class C 350e Sedan$47,900 / $44,547Hybrid275N/A7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e a Safe Car?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the C-Class sedan four out of five stars for front-impact protection, five stars in the side-impact test, four in its rollover test and five out of five overall. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it a top score of Good in the side- and moderate-front overlap crash tests, plus Superior (with the optional safety equipment) for front-crash prevention.

The C-Class comes with stability control, antilock disc brakes and a comprehensive tally of airbags as standard. Rear side airbags are optional. Parking sensors and a self-parking system are also available. Cabriolet versions have a special rollover-protection system.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Premium Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Assist
  • Active Lane Keep Assist
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Premium Driver Assistance Pkg
  • designo Pkg
  • Comfort Pkg


2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e vs the competition

2018 Audi A4 -- One year into a new generation. Polished and packed with tech. The S4 is a credible alternative to the C 43. The new A5/S5 also goes up against the C-Class coupes and cabriolets.

2018 BMW 3 Series -- An unbeatable mix of athleticism and luxury, and it has an adult-size back seat. A new generation is expected for 2019. A buyer might well be torn between an M3 (or M4) and a C 63 sedan or coupe.

2018 Cadillac ATS -- One of the best-handling compact sport sedans.

2018 Lexus IS -- Distinctive styling, smart interior and a generous equipment list.

Used Cadillac CTS -- An excellent luxury sedan and a blast to drive hard. A certified pre-owned (CPO) model enables a step up to the midsize segment without spending more money.

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