Review: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

After a few years of living in the shadow of its much-newer sedan sibling, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe finally gains its own total redesign. Making use of the same platform as the four-door version of the compact luxury car, the C-Class coupe maintains much of its list of available drivetrains but sees substantial upgrades in terms of safety, tech, and comfort features. Just as important are the new styling changes that see the two-door C-Class take advantage of its family resemblance to the S-Class coupe that Mercedes-Benz has set up as the aspirational linchpin of its automobile line-up.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe enters a crowded, and yet modestly-shopped market of luxury coupes, dominated by German marques like Audi (the A5) and BMW (the 4 Series), but with a strong challenger from Cadillac (the ATS coupe). Sales figures for these models are low, but prestige is high when it comes to mixing personal luxury with a taste of performance, as with the higher-spec AMG models available from Mercedes-Benz. The latest C-Class Coupe redesign presents the most competitive version of the entry-level model in several years and helps to reinvigorate the car's gene pool.

Pros

  • The shared DNA between the S-Class coupe and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is a huge point in the latter's favour. The new C-Class Coupe is one of the most elegant contenders in a segment where styling has become somewhat rote over the past few years. It's also refreshing to see a design where an outright track-day stance isn't over-emphasized, with buyers able to tack-on vents and intakes only if they want to via the AMG Sport package.
  • All-wheel drive is standard, and since most Canadians have been trained by the marketing efforts of almost every automaker to accept the necessity of four-wheel motion in winter-time, that should help Mercedes-Benz move more models. In fact, the rear-wheel drive editions of the previous-generation C-Class Coupe weren't nearly as appealing to prospective customers in the face of AWD-heavy line-ups from Audi and BMW.
  • Safety is underscored by a full suite of active technologies installed in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, including standard forward collision warning with automatic braking intervention. Lane departure and blind spot monitoring are of course available with the vehicle, as is an attention monitor that can tell drivers it's time to take a break if they get too drowsy our on the road.
  • The C-Class Coupe is a very comfortable cruiser, with great room up front and an optional air suspension system that takes a lot of the bite out of back roads - both in terms of straightening out the corners as well as smoothing over rougher pavement.

Cons:

  • The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder found in last year's C 300 is once again pulling duty in the redesigned car, which nets you 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. This is in keeping with the coupe's segment rivals, but it's also output that's best described as 'adequate,' which means you won't be winning any drag races in the most affordable Mercedes-Benz two-door.
  • Things are getting a little confusing from a branding perspective for 2017 should you decide that you do want to shame the car in the next lane over. The very-quick C450 sedan morphs into Mercedes-AMG C 43 trim when that twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 drivetrain is ported over to coupe form, where it shows off its 362 horsepower. You can still avail yourself of C 63 and C 63 S editions of the car, too, with the latter topping out at 503 horsepower from its turbocharged V8. Not really a con, per se, but it does demonstrate how opaque luxury car naming schemes have become.
  • The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Coupe - the name given to the base model two-door - starts at an MSRP of $48,100. This puts it roughly $3,000 above the entry-level Audi A5, but $1,400 below the BMW 428i xDrive, each of which also come with turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive. Consider, too, that there's a $5,000 premium to upgrade from the C-Class sedan to the C-Class coupe, which is significantly more than one would shell out in either a BMW or Audi showroom to do the same.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

 

ENGINE

2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo / 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 / 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

OUTPUT

241 hp / 273 lb-ft & 362 hp / 384 lb-ft & 469 hp / 479 lb-ft & 503 hp / 516 lb-ft (S)

TRANSMISSION

7-speed automatic / 9-speed automatic

0-100 KMH

6.0 seconds / 4.7 seconds / 4.0 seconds / 3.9 seconds

TOP SPEED

N/A

FUEL ECONOMY

10.4 L/100 km city / 8.0 L/100 km highway

WEIGHT

1,713 kilograms (3,770 lbs)

SEATING CAPACITY

4

CARGO VOLUME

399 litres (14.1 cubic feet)

BASE PRICE

$48,100

AS-TESTED PRICE

$62,000

 

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