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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class First Look

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact luxury sedan. It enters an all-new generation for 2022 with a new look inspired by its bigger, more expensive stablemates, a new interior that’s loaded with the latest technology, and a new mild hybrid base engine that promises lively performance combined with frugal efficiency. It goes head-to-head with old rivals in this segment like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 and competes with newer, more value-conscious entries like the Genesis G70.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and see if it’s the right luxury car for you.

What’s New for 2022?

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is fully redesigned for the 2022 model year. Find a 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for sale near you

What We Like

  • Striking good looks
  • Elegant, high-tech interior
  • Standard Agility Control suspension
  • Promising performance and efficiency from mild-hybrid base engine

What We Don’t

  • No new coupe or convertible at this time
  • Only one engine available at launch

How Much?

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Fuel Economy

At this time, we do not have official fuel economy estimates from the EPA for the new C-Class. However, we’re expecting good fuel economy from the standard 2.0-liter Biturbo inline-four engine in the C 300, which is mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This engine produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque plus up to an extra 20 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque from what Mercedes calls the EQ Boost system. The C 300 comes exclusively with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Naturally, more aggressive driving leads to a fuel economy penalty so your results may vary depending on your driving habits. As usual, we expect the all-wheel drive 4Matic model to return slightly worse fuel economy than the rear-wheel drive (RWD) version.

Standard Features & Options

At this time, only one model has been confirmed for the 2022 model year of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class; the C 300 sedan available with or without 4Matic AWD. As of this writing, pricing has not been confirmed for the 2022 C 300.

Standard features for the C 300 include the newest generation of the MBUX infotainment system with an 11.9-inch screen, navigation, AI Natural Language Understanding and Keyword Activation (“Hey Mercedes”), a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication, a multifunction leather steering wheel with capacitive touch control buttons, heated front seats with memory and lumbar support, LED headlights and taillights, adaptive high-beam assist, Keyless-Start, Keyless-Go, wireless smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Dynamic Select, blind-spot assist, Pre-Safe, Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist, Parking Damage Detection System, a sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The C 300 4Matic has the same standard equipment, but adds all-wheel drive.

Optional features include augmented video for navigation, a head-up display, wireless device charging and NFC pairing, ventilated front seats with MB-Tex, a heated steering wheel, enhanced ambient lighting with illuminated door sills, Burmester 3D surround sound system with sound personalization, Guard 360 Protection, Parktronic with Active Parking Assist and a 360-degree surround view system, a Driver Assistance Package, a dashcam, integrated toll pass, additional USB ports, an AMG Line appearance package, a Night Package, and Nappa leather upholstery. At this time, pricing for these options have not yet been announced.

Safety

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA nor the IIHS as of this writing. However, the 2021 model earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS and we expect the car’s high bar for safety will continue in the new model.

The new C-Class is generously appointed with safety and driver assistance technology. Standard safety features include Pre-Safe (anticipates collision and tightens seatbelts, adjusts headrests, and closes windows in seconds), Attention Assist, active brake assist, blind-spot assist, and a parking damage detection system.

Optional driver assistance features include Distronic adaptive cruise control with route-based speed adaptation, active stop-and-go assist, active steering assist with active emergency stop assist and active lane-change assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic function, active speed limit assist with traffic sign assist, active blind spot assist with exit warning, active lane-keeping assist, Car-to-X communication, active parking assist with a 360-degree camera, Pre-Safe Plus with Pre-Safe Sound (emits a signal that can help reduce hearing loss in an accident), and Pre-Safe Impulse Side (can move driver and front passenger away from impact by inflating the seat’s side bolster).

Behind the Wheel

We haven’t had a chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class yet and we’ll update this review when we do. For now, we can say that it looks like the C-Class will uphold its reputation of offering a rewarding driving experience, even at the base level. The innovative new mild hybrid engine promises strong performance mixed with good fuel economy. We’re also excited to experience the standard Agility Control suspension system with continuously adjustable damping. This clever suspension mated to the new engine points to a compact luxury sedan that is sporty when you want to enjoy the drive and comfy when you want a relaxed ride.

As for the interior, it looks familiar to anyone who has had the pleasure of being inside a recently updated Mercedes-Benz model like the E-Class or GLE-Class. Premium materials, modern design, and the latest technology are all here and it’s all elegantly presented in a way that only Mercedes-Benz can pull off.

Other Cars to Consider

2022 BMW 3 Series — The BMW 3 Series is the oldest and closest rival of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. They’re both appealing in their own ways and certainly both worth a test drive if you’re in the market for a compact luxury car.

2022 Audi A4 — Classy, comfortable, and rewarding to drive, the Audi A4 is another supremely well-rounded compact luxury car. It has the distinction of standard Quattro all-wheel drive on every trim.

2022 Genesis G70 — For a more value-conscious option in compact luxury sedans, the Genesis G70 is a competitively priced class leader. The driving dynamics are every bit as good as its more expensive European competitors plus it comes with excellent safety and reliability ratings.

2022 Lexus IS — The recently updated Lexus IS is a compelling choice in small luxury sedans. It has an edgy aesthetic, a sporty, re-tuned chassis, and an impressive list of standard features. Also, optional V8 power has returned to the IS in the form of the muscular IS 500.

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class — If you like the C-Class, but think it might be a little too small, the midsize E-Class gives your back-seat passengers some more space. It’s essentially the same formula of composed comfort and eager driving dynamics, but in a bigger car.

Used BMW 5 Series — The midsize BMW 5 Series is a true driver’s car while also being a practical, roomy sedan. A range of excellent engines and a well-appointed interior make it an appealing used car proposition.

Used Audi A6 — Looking for standard AWD? A used Audi A6 can be a good value for drivers looking for a deal on a premium midsize sedan. Quattro AWD adds to its versatility and it arguably has the nicest interior in its competitive class.

Autotrader’s Advice

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks like it will be a great compact luxury sedan when it arrives in American showrooms in early 2022. It advances the C-Class formula of presenting authentic luxury with engaging performance and advanced technology in a compact package that’s attainable for a wide range of drivers.

Since the C 300 is the only model that’s been announced as of this writing, all you need to do is decide whether you want all-wheel drive and which options — if any —  you’d like to add. Find a 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for sale

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