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2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e

What We Like

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

What We Don't

Pricy options (as usual with German cars)

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What's New in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e?

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. 

Which C 350e is the Best?

There's nothing wrong with a straight-ahead C300 and a few well-chosen options. Find a Mercedes-Benz C-Class for sale

How Much Does a 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e Cost?

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.

C 350e Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
C-Class 4dr Sdn C 350e Luxury RWD$45,490 / $42,306Hybrid275N/A7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
C-Class 4dr Sdn C 350e RWD$45,490 / $42,306Hybrid275N/A7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e a Safe Car?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 model four out of five stars for front-impact protection, five stars in the side-impact test, four out of five for its rollover test and five out of five overall. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a top score of Good for side and moderate front overlap, plus Superior with optional equipment for front crash prevention.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with stability control, anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain) as standard. Rear-side airbags are optional. A rearview camera, parking sensors and a self-parking system are also available.

Additional electronic safety aids are provided via an optional Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, a collision-mitigation system with automatic braking, an active blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic assist and active lane-keeping assist.


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 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


2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e vs the competition

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 BMW 3 Series -- The 3 Series continues to offer an unbeatable mix of athleticism and luxury, and it finally has an adult-sized back seat.

2016 Cadillac ATS -- Cadillac's entry-level model is one of the best-handling compact sport sedans.

2016 Lexus IS -- Often overlooked, the IS enjoys fashion-forward styling, a smartly trimmed interior and a generous equipment list.

Used Cadillac CTS -- The current-generation CTS (2014-present) is an excellent luxury sedan and a blast to drive hard. A certified pre-owned model enables a step up to the midsize segment without spending more money.

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