The Mercedes-Benz C300 is the base model of the company’s C-Class, and is the highest selling model of the class, accounting for about 90%. Available in both a Sport sedan and Luxury sedan trim lines, there are plenty of good reasons why the C300 has a lot of sales. However, if you’re looking for a lot of extras, the C300′s base price of $33,775 will quickly inflate and make the higher trim C350 a better option. So, what do you get in a basic C-Class? Quite a lot, actually.
The 2009 C300 has 228 horsepower and can go from 0-to-60 in 7.1 seconds. Not incredibly fast compared to the company’s sportier models, but more than quick enough for the average driver. And when you’re buying a C-Class model, you aren’t exactly in the market for tons of speed. The model is devoted to providing as much of the Mercedes-Benz luxury and comfort as possible within the budget of those who can’t afford to shell out over $50k for a car.
The 2009 C300 makes some good revisions to the interior and the creature comforts. One main thing that has hampered C-Class models of old was that the control scheme for interfacing with all of the gadgets and options was unwieldy at best. A new control layout intertwines the entertainment and navigation systems in one easy-to-use package. Quite a feat considering the myriad functions contained in those two systems, and surely to be much appreciated by C-Class drivers.
What really sets the 2009 C300 apart from its predecessors is the overall feel of the car. Sit down in a C-Class of old and you’ll be able to easily see that the car was stripped down from a more expensive model in order to hit a specific price segment. Not so in the 2009 C300. It doesn’t have all the luxuries of an E-Class, but what it does have is tied together nicely, without the hint of what you could have gotten in the higher price models.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 is perfect for those who want a bit of luxury and need a car for driving around town and taking for the occasional longer trip. If you’re looking for a sportier car that will roar off the line and handle corners with ease, look at another model (and be prepared to spend more cash). The C300 has a specific goal and market segment it is going after, and, for the first time in a while, it does it very well, and without the stripped-down feel.