2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a midsize car, that received a modest facelift especially under the hood. The C-Class is offered in coupe and sedan body styles, with both models being available in C63 AMG, C350, and C250 trim levels.

The sedan is also available in C300 4Matic trim level, while the couple is also offered in C350 4Matic and C65 AMG Black trims.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $34,800.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gallons (66 l) MPG: 22 city / 31 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 180.8 in. (459.2 cm) Wheel Base: 108.7 in. (276 cm)
Height: 56.3 in. (143 cm) Width: 69.7 in. (177 cm)
Curb Weight: 3428 lbs (1555 kg) Ground Clearance: 4.1 in. (10.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 12.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 1.8L Inline-4 DOHC Compression Ratio: 9.3: 1
Horsepower: 201 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 229 lb-ft @ 2200-4300 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds Maximum Speed: NA mph
Available Trims & Engine
Option:C250 Luxury MSRP: $35,220; MPG: 21 city / 31 hwy
Option:C300 Sport 4Matic 3.0L V6 MSRP: $38,020; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Option:C300 Luxury 4Matic 3.0L V6 MSRP: $38,430; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Option:C350 Sport 3.5L V6 MSRP: $40,575; MPG: 20 city / 29 hwy
Option:C63 AMG 6.2L V8 MSRP: $58,930; MPG: 13 city / 19 hwy
Option:C250 Coupe MSRP: $37,220; MPG: 21 city / 31 hwy
Option:C350 Coupe 3.5L V6 MSRP: $42,370; MPG: 19 city / 28 hwy
Option:C63 AMG Coupe 6.2L V8 MSRP: $61,430; MPG: 13 city / 19 hwy

Engine & Performance

The 2012 C-Class is available in a couple of different engine. The C250 trims are fitted with a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 229 lbs-ft of torque. This engine is hooked up to a 7-speed automatic gearbox, while a rear wheel drive is also standard. This trim nets a fuel economy of 21/31 mpg city/highway.

The AWD C300 4Matic series uses a 3.0L V6 powertrain that generates 228 hp and 221 lbs-ft of torque. Its fuel economy estimates at 18/25 mpg city/highway. The rear-wheel drive C350 model on the other hand, uses a 3.5L V6 powertrain that generates 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The C350 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds.

The C63 AMG model uses a 6.2 liter V8 engine that generates 451 hp and 443 lbs-ft of torque. This engine is connected to a standard 7-speed automated manual gearbox. A C63 Coupe with AMG Development package makes a total of 481 HP, and can move from standstill to 60 mph in respectable 4.2 seconds. The most powerful engine is the 6.2L V8 engine which is available in the C63 AMG Black models. This engine makes 510 horsepower and 457 lbs-ft of torque, thereby making it quicker than other models.

Exterior

The exterior of this car has been designed to make a good impression and appeal on the first sight. The tail end and the front section have been styled more strikingly, with the front bumper having a more dynamic and expressive contour that enhances the grille. This car also receives a new hood made of aluminum that contributes to lightweight and improved fuel economy in the long last.

Other notable exterior features include: halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, automatic wipers and 17-inch wheel all offered as standard in the C300 and the C250. The C63 AMG is equipped with a panoramic sunroof, high performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels in addition to other exterior features offered in C350 coupe.

Interior

The interior of the C-Class has been designed using high-end materials. The seats are handsomely designed and very comfortable ride on. The sedan has a maximum seating capacity of 5, while the coupe can accommodate up to 4 people. Sedan trims are fitted with standard heated front seats, which are offered as option on coupes.

Another notable interior feature is the COMAND system which is used to control entertainment and comfort functions. Sedan models have a cargo space of 12.4 cubic ft, while the coupe gets 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Other key interior features are: new-generation central console, instrument binnacle with integrated monitor, new generation telematics and leather steering wheel.

Safety & Reliability

The C-Class is equipped with many standard safety features that include: stability and traction control, driver knee airbag, front side pelvic airbags, front side thorax airbags, full-length side curtain, 4-wheel disc brakes, child safety locks, integrated turn signal mirrors, and Mercedes Attention Assist system that monitors any signs of drowsiness or inattention on the driver.

Optional safety features include: lane tracking package, and Mbrace emergency telematics. The C-Class is backed with a limited warranty that lasts for the first 4 years or 50,000 miles in addition to a 24/7 road assistance for the same duration.

Pros

  • Luxurious interior
  • High-tech safety features
  • Powerful V6 engine option
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Meticulously engineered and constructed

Cons

  • Turbo four lacks power
  • Cramped back seats
  • Smaller and pricier than rivals
  • AWD only available with one engine option

In general, Mercedes has addressed small sedans' interior deficiencies and added more engine options with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This car has many standard interior and safety features than most rivals, which makes it to be a preferred car especially for small families.

Perhaps one of the most popular segments in the automotive industry, the MB C-class is joined by stalwarts like the Acura ILX (MSRP $25,900; 24 city / 35 hwy), the Toyota Avalon (MSRP $33,195; 19 city / 28 hwy), and the Lexus IS 250 (MSRP $33,795; 19 city / 28 hwy).

Overall Rating
75 out of 100

What others say:

“With both coupe and sedan models to choose from, wearing fresh new faces, the 2012 Mercedes-BenzC Class's dramatic exterior and modern interior will find many fans.”Car Connection

“C250, C300, and C350 models corner with surefooted aplomb and little body lean. Steering is a bit numb but properly weighted. C63 feels even sportier with sharper steering and fine body control. Braking is strong with easy-to-modulate pedal action.”Consumer Guide

“The snug cabin is quiet, and the seats are supportive. The controls are improved, but some are still not logical. ”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Even a base C250 feels like a Mercedes: solid and confident on the road, with creature comforts and technology galore.”KBB

“With several key changes for 2012, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class reaffirms its status as one of the best luxury sport sedans while chiseling out a similar position with its new coupe model.”Edmunds