Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class was new.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an updated exterior and interior, a sportier suspension and streamlined trim options. The result is a sedan that reviewers say competes effectively in its class, but might not always come out on top - especially when compared with the performance stamina of the BMW 3-Series. The 2008 redesign, by all accounts, improves an already competent sedan, prompting Motor Trend to say "this new C should easily hold its own against its formidable sport-sedan competition."
The C Class is available as the 300 or 350 sedan, and each has a luxury or sport trim.
- "Overall, I've got no complaints. In fact, I think this is an excellent automobile and a credit to its breed. The C-class feels precisely like what you would hope, as if Mercedes had invented a shrinking ray and turned it on an S-class." - Los Angeles Times
- "It wasn't always so, but the least expensive Mercedes-Benz now is, in some ways, the most desirable. … It offers the practicality of a sedan combined with the light-on-its-feet agility of a sporty coupe." - Newsday
- "But did Benz go far enough? We're not sure, especially with BMW's 335i, the top-tier Audi A4 and Lexus's coming IS-F all poised to ambush the new car." - Motor Trend
- "While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is still not in the same performance league as the BMW 3 Series, the Sport models close the gap a bit, while the Luxury version softens the car up for the benefit of motorists who prefer a comfort-oriented driving experience." - Forbes