Ride, handling, transmission, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, turning circle.
Rear seat, some controls.
Mercedes' entry-level sedan is agile, quiet, and comfortable. The C250 has an exceptionally smooth 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a seven-speed automatic that shifts seamlessly. We got 24 mpg overall, which is OK for the class. The C300 and C350 use more powerful V6 engines. We liked the handling and taut, steady ride in our tested Luxury trim. The Sport has better cornering grip but a stiffer ride. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear is rather tight. Some controls are still not particularly logical. Only the C300 offers AWD. The high-performance C63 AMG is a delight, and a coupe is also available. Reliability has been above average of late.