Styling; technology; quiet, well-trimmed cabin; impressive handling; available air suspension
Pricy options (as usual with German cars)
Three new variants debut this year. The diesel-powered C300d and the C350e plug-in hybrid are joined by the C450 AMG Sport 4MATIC, which succeeds the 2015 C400 with a more powerful turbo V6 and some equipment from the fire-breathing AMG C63 S.
In terms of options, a heated steering wheel is now available. What used to be the Premium bundle is now divided into Premium 1 and Premium 2. A Night package brings 18-inch alloy wheels finished in black and silver, plus black gloss exterior accents. And 2016 marks the introduction of the Parking Assist package with a surround-view camera system.
There's no coupe for 2016, since 2015's version was based on the previous platform; the one derived from this new car will be a 2017 model.
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The entry-level C300 ($38,950; $40,950 for the 4MATIC version) includes standard features such as 17-in alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, synthetic leatherette upholstery, a 14-way power driver's seat with memory, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system (with a 7-in central display, touchpad functionality and Wi-Fi), Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with USB connectivity.
A Luxury package adds exterior styling tweaks (including different wheel designs), a comfort-tuned suspension, accent stitching on the dashboard and wood inlays. The Sport 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.
The Premium 1 package consists of keyless entry/start, satellite radio and blind spot assist, while the Premium 2 package has LED lighting at both ends, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system upgrade and heated front seats.
Standard equipment and options for the C300d (price to be announced) will be largely in line with its gasoline counterpart. The C350e (TBA) won't offer the Sport package but does have air suspension and 18-in alloys as standard. The C450 AMG Sport ($50,800) comes from the factory with the Sport and Premium 1 packages' features.
Additional options include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a 14-way power front passenger seat with memory, LED ambient lighting, a hard-drive-based navigation system with music storage and an upgraded 8.4-in display, head-up display, a hands-free power trunk lid and an adaptive air suspension.
The C63 AMG ($65,250; $73,250 for the S) is decked out with an aero body kit, 18-in AMG wheels, huge brakes, a sport suspension, a sport exhaust, more prominent seat bolsters and dedicated interior trim. Exclusive options include a limited-slip differential, plus all the AMG-themed aesthetic and performance upgrades.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Audi A4 -- An all-new generation is due for the 2017 model year. In the meantime, frequent updates have kept this generation fresh. The high-performance S4 variant is a credible alternative to the twin-turbo C450.
2016 Lexus IS -- Often overlooked, the IS enjoys fashion-forward styling, a smartly trimmed interior and a generous equipment list.
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