When it was new, critics liked the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for its athletic handling, peppy engines and smooth ride. They said it isn’t as agile as competing sport sedans like the 2009 BMW 3-Series, but it should be plenty sporty for most people. They also liked its well-made, upscale interior. Those looking for an outright performance machine can check out the V8-powered C63 AMG. The C-Class also has strong safety scores, which add to its appeal as a used car.
The C-Class is available with two engines that denote model level. The base C300 has a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 228 horsepower, while C350 models have a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower. While the latter engine makes the C-Class feel faster, most critics liked both engines, saying that either one is more than suitable for day-to-day driving. All-wheel drive and a manual transmission are available on the C300, though rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission are the standard on both models. The C300 earns a fuel economy estimate of 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is just slightly lower than average for the class. Adding all-wheel drive or choosing the C350 reduces that figure slightly. Maximum trunk capacity is 12.4 cubic feet, which is a bit low for the class, but in line with competing sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series or Audi A4.
Inside, the C-Class garnered reviewer praise for its upscale, high-quality interior. Most critics said the front seats were very comfortable and spacious, but the back seats drew a few gripes for being cramped. The C-Class comes standard with leatherette seats, a power sunroof, an eight-speaker stereo with auxiliary input, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. Major available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, satellite radio and a Harman/Kardon stereo.