2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe: Luxury Meets Sporty

By Sue Mead, July 30th, 2016

For 2017 Mercedes-Benz has completely redesigned its two-door C-Class "executive coupe," endowing it with a sleek new body, lightweight construction, an optional air suspension system, and new safety assistance systems.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe competes against the BMW 3 Series and Audi A5 coupes. Pricing starts at $42,650 for rear-wheel-drive models, not including $925 destination. The C43 Cabriolet, the first soft-top member of the C-Class family, is available in the fall.

As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the coupe features a distinct design that separates it from its four-door sibling: the coupe announces its presence with a striking front featuring LED headlights, diamond radiator grille, and a long hood, while a stretched belt line extends farther past the rear-wheel arch; it's also 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than previous models. To illustrate the coupe's performance intentions, the suspension is 0.6 inch lower than the sedan, giving it a more athletic appearance when combined with the standard 18-inch wheels.

We drove the new performance C300 coupe with a base price of $44,650 over a course of 250 miles and loved its luxury looks outside and in. It is filled with features that make driving fun and comfortable, if that suits your needs, and is quite spirited. If you're so inclined, programs allow you to dial in your desires, knowing that the four-seater is top-flight with braking, traction, and other stop-and-go programs in the coupe's computer at-the-ready.

A new suspension system brings agile handling and ensures excellent straight-line stability. An electronically controlled, continuously adjustable AIRMATIC air damping suspension is a $1,600 option. Combined with the brand's Dynamic Select, the system promises outstandingly quiet road noise and tire vibration characteristics and allows the driver to choose from five sporty, comfortable, or efficient driving modes; it also features self-leveling for top ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded.

Inside, integral sports seats designed specifically for the coupe offer additional comfort, while a standard automatic belt feeder adds convenience. Although it exudes muscular, youthful charm, it has also grown in maturity, with flowing lines and elegant materials, as well as carrying an impressive array of cutting-edge safety, convenience, and infotainment/communications technology.

Its larger size increases interior volume to provide more spaciousness for the driver and front passenger, with more shoulder, elbow, and headroom in all seats. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, keyless start, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof, among many other features and amenities.

Choosing the uplevel Sport appearance package adds exclusive touches such as a sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and AMG sports pedals, outside special bumpers and sills featuring AMG body styling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

Under the hood, the 2017 C-Class coupe is powered by a powerful and efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gas engine delivering 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with the same seven-speed transmission found in the sedan, Mercedes says it will sprint to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined for rear-wheel-drive models; AWD nets approximately one less mpg on the highway and combined.

Several safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept are available. Standard are Pre-Safe, Attention Assist with adjustable sensitivity, and Collision Prevention Assist PLUS, which provides an acoustic warning for the driver at speeds above 4 mph and Adaptive Brake Assist to help avoid collisions by boosting braking when needed.

Optional assistance systems also include enhanced active lane keeping assist, DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active parking assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking, a 360-degree birds-eye view camera, and five years of Mbrace services with remote start.

Specifications

Base price $44,650 (as tested: $59,055)
Curb weight 3,770 lbs.
Displacement 2.0-liter
Engine type turbocharged 4-cyl. w/DI
Epa mileage rating 23 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 19.3 gal.
Horsepower (net) 241 at 5500 rpm
Overall length 184.5 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 273 at 1300 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Vehicle type 4-passenger AWD coupe
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