An iconic nameplate, the C-Class, and in this case the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan, offers executive luxury, punchy performance, and superb handling. Feeling much like an infant S-Class, it was right at home on a run to the NSW South Coast.
Draped in the ethereal Spectral Blue Metallic, the C 300 did not disappoint, providing an almost sportscar driving experience, paired with the luxury you’d expect from this German car maker.
On the outside, it’s the combination of the AMG-Line exterior package, elongated bonnet, pattern radiator grille, aggressive front bumpers, wide-body style side skirts, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, and dark-tinted privacy glass that make it impressive.
The classy Mercedes star ground lighting, which illuminates the perimeter of the car in the dark, puts it on a whole other level for stand out style. We can confirm, this car turns heads everywhere you go, day and night.
We’d also highly recommend reading the digital owner’s manual when you buy one, so that you can get the most out of what the car has to offer. There’s groovy tech everywhere, and most of it can be controlled from the Nappa leather sports steering wheel.
Part of its AMG-Line interior, there’s also plenty of leather on the seats and centre console, resplendent with stylish stitching, and illuminated front door sill panels with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering, a panoramic sliding sunroof, and dual zone A/C climate control.
Those front seats are heated (an optional extra) and powered too, while ambient lighting (including around the air vents and seat adjusters) provides a real S-Class feel and looks awesome at night. There are 64 colour options for that too.
The C 300 also borrows its MBUX infotainment system from its larger sibling, with augmented reality navigation, and an 11.9-inch display that’s easy to use, beautiful to look at, and can be voice controlled.
Slightly angled towards the driver, there’s also a finger print scanner to save your specific driver settings. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and phone charging also feature, and the whole lot is plumbed through an awesome 9-speaker sound system.
The 12.3-inch digital driver display is operated by touch slide steering wheel controls, enabling you to also make changes to both what’s displayed, and the full colour head-up display (the latter part of the must have Vision Package).
A 360-degree camera enables you to have a bird’s eye view of the car and its complete surroundings for when you need to engage the Mercedes-Benz’s active parking assist platform, “PARKTRONIC”. It makes parking this car a breeze.
A decent amount of leg and head room is on offer in both the front and rear, while there’s also 455-litres of boot space, as well as a split fold rear seat in case you need extra room in the boot. It’s a very comfortable tourer, without doubt.
Under the hood is a relatively economical 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It can accelerate to 100km/h in 6.0 seconds and is capable of a maximum speed of 250km/h.
Fuel consumption sits at around 7.3-litres/100km, and filling up the 66-litre fuel tank with premium unleaded petrol should get you around 900km before a refuel. The 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission has been calibrated to perfection too.
The suspension is tuned for luxury, and there’s four drive modes to help you get the most out of the C 300, including Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and an abundance of safety tech.
On this front, you’ll find autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise-control with lane-centring, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Adaptive high beam assist, with high performance LED headlamps also feature.
It comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and is available in a host of colours, including Opalite White, Patagonia Red, Obsidian Black, Graphite Grey and Sodalite Blue. You can also opt for Mojave Silver, High-Tech Silver, Spectral Blue and Selenite Grey.
19-inch AMG wheels are standard, but you can choose an 18-inch option. A panoramic glass roof can also be added. Black is the standard interior trim option, but you can also opt for dual tone Sienna Brown and Black, or Power Red and Black.
Trims can be had in metal-weave, Anthracite lime wood or brown walnut as well. Out of the box, it’s priced at a little over $90,000 plus on-roads, but our tester was fitted with the Vision Package, a premium paint colour, and optional interior trim.
That ferries the price higher to $96,500 plus on-roads in its as tested form. While that’s dearer than rivals like the BMW 330i, it does come with real leather, more tech and better kit, and in some ways provides better value.
If you want a luxurious, sporty and compact touring car, it’s hard to go past the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan. It’s an impressive vehicle, that’s worth more than a passing glance.
Our test vehicle was provided by Mercedes-Benz Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300s compact luxury sedan, contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer.