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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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For many, the Mercedes-Benz name represents the pinnacle of automotive design and good taste. While they may not have the means to climb into a new S-Class, the upwardly mobile still have a shot at joining the exclusive M-B club without breaking the bank. Mercedes-Benz' most affordable offering, the 2010 C-Class, comes loaded with style and content. Starting in the mid-$30,000 range, the C-Class must contend with the likes of the Audi A4, Infiniti G37 and Cadillac CTS. And while some will note the C-Class lacks such technological gadgets as adaptive cruise control and adaptive headlights, it is still a lot of car for the money. More importantly, it is a lot of Mercedes-Benz for the money.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire a reasonably-priced premium luxury car guaranteed to impress the neighbors, but still require a functioning sedan for clients and family, the C-Class has you covered.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If bang for the buck is more important than the Mercedes-Benz name, makes from Audi, Infiniti and Lexus provide more features for about the same or less money.

What's New for 2010

The 2010 C-Class gains an individual tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and new aerodynamic outside mirrors; the C300 Sport features new 17-inch wheels. New options include Keyless Go, four-way power lumbar support, tilt-down side mirror and a Dynamic Handling Package (not available on cars with 4MATIC).

Driving the C-Class

Driving Impressions In the Luxury trim, the C300 delivers an enjoyable ride, responsive handling and a quiet cabin. Acceleration with the 3.0-liter V6 is brisk and passing power is ample, even at...

high speeds. In Sport trim a six-speed manual transmission brings out the C300's playful side, making us wish for more aggressively bolstered front seats. The high tech Agility Control, which selectively stiffens or softens the shocks in response to road conditions and steering input, performed as promised. Like the C300 Sport, the C350 rides on larger tires and sits about an inch closer to the ground. While handling is improved over the Luxury model, ride comfort is somewhat diminished and cabin noise levels see a slight increase. The 3.5-liter V6 packs a bit more punch than the base engine, but does not offer a manual transmission, saddled instead with a seven-speed automatic with manual shift feature. Unfortunately, the sometimes slow-to-come shift points often make it more enjoyable to just leave the lever in the "D" position.

Panoramic Glass Sunroof
When open, the roof exposes half the cabin to the open air and, when closed, delivers equal quantities of sunlight to front and rear passengers.

harman/kardon Audio
With 450-watts, 12-speakers and surround sound LOGIC7 technology, the system is good enough on its own. Add in a six-gigabyte storage unit for uploading songs, voice control and PCMCIA slot, and the C-Class delivers one of the most advanced audio systems in its class.

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Details
Interior

A blend of the old with the new best describes the C-Class interior. Optional leather seating and tasteful wood inlays surround the cabin, but the power-extendable LCD display screen and multifunctional central controller are far from traditional. The front seats are wide and somewhat flat, which is fine for the Luxury model but definitely lacking in the support that would be appropriate for the Sport. The optional panoramic glass sunroof opens the C-Class interior, making it feel larger and more airy. A few oddities stand out, namely the less-than-intuitive steering-wheel controls for the information screens and audio system.

Exterior

The once-sedate C-Class comes alive with eye-catching sheetmetal and two different grille designs (one for Luxury, the other for Sport). Following the styling of the elegant S-Class, the C-Class now appears more on design's cutting edge. A long wheelbase and body give the car a substantial road presence as well as adult-sized interior dimensions. Mercedes-Benz loyalists will quickly notice the Sport model's transference of the three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star from the hood to the grille, a first for a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Racy alloy wheels, a lowered suspension and AMG-inspired lower bodywork complete the Sport model's aggressive look.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features for the 2010 C-Class include a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats with manual lumbar control, Bluetooth connectivity, eight speaker 100-watt sound system with auxiliary input jack, 17-inch alloy wheels, agility control selective dampening suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, central controller and a motorized LCD display. The C300 Sport features a six-speed manual transmission, while the 300 Luxury and 350 Sport have a seven-speed automatic. Standard safety features include eight airbags, adaptive braking, traction and stability control, active front head restraints and extensive use of high-strength steel.

Optional Equipment

Among the more noteworthy options are Mercedes-Benz' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system (C300 models only), DVD navigation, 450-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound audio with iPod connectivity and a six-gigabyte music storage register, Keyless Go, leather seating, panoramic glass sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps, universal media interface, a rear sunshade and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Dynamic Handling Package adds an active dampening suspension, along with faster speed-sensitive steering and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard on the C350 and optional on the C300 are auto-dimming power folding side mirrors, 10-way driver's memory seat, a power adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, rain-sensing wipers and split-folding rear seats.

Under the Hood

For most C-Class drivers, the 3.0-liter V6 should prove more than adequate. With 228-horsepower and ample torque, this engine delivers a nice balance between fuel economy and performance, taking only 7.1 seconds to go from zero to 60 miles per hour. Although the C350's 3.5-liter V6 delivers 40 more horsepower and shaves one second from the C's zero-to-60 time, it costs some $6,000 more than the C300 and offers neither the manual transmission nor the 4MATIC option.}

3.0-liter V6
228 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
221 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2700-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (gasoline), 13/19 (E85, automatic), 17/24 (4MATIC),

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 305 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This car completely met our expectations!

By on Sunday, January 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "absolute pleasure to drive and ride in"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fit and finish has been superb! Very minimal maintenance cost over 4 years. Vehicle is in perfect condition. Had far too many issues with previous BMW 5 series. My wife won't let me replace this Mercedes. She really loves it."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, sporty, rides great"

Cons: "taller folks don't fit well, gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car. I bought it new and have loved it from day one. It rides really well, so well that you don't realize how fast you are going. It is awesome in the snow and on wet roads. The 4MATIC really does what it is supposed to do. It is small so taller men don't fit well in it. The city gas mileage isn't the greatest, but highway is pretty good."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Solid Performer

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Turbo and suspension"

Cons: "Keeping front window defrosted."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My wife and I bought this car 3 months ago, 2014 c250 sport sedan 1.8-liter turbo with 7-speed touch shift, CPO with 10,000 miles. Keep in mind our trade in vehicle was a 2002 Ford Expedition family wagon. Gas Mileage: sticker says 22 city/31 highway this is completely subjective. *My wife had the car the first week all to herself no highway and all city and she easily beat 22-mpg city. My calculation put it at conservatively 27-mpg city. *I had the car the next week all to myself and I could not get 22-mpg city to save my first-born. The turbo is a gas-guzzler but the ohhhh my it is sooooo worth it. My calculation put it at less than 16-mpg city. (I am used to 600cc motorcycles jackrabbit starts) Overall Drive and Comfort It almost drives like an fwd i.e., tracks well into and out of corners, sure footed and solid. Playing around at lower speeds in town you feel connected to the road the car gives you good feedback. This is because the care has a stiffer sport suspension that is felt by people that do not appreciate the “sport” aspect. For people that do appreciate the “sport” aspect they will be changing daily routes so as to find a more challenging way to work or to the market or perhaps just to find a road they can unwind. This car can morph from a luxury sedan with all the benefits to a stone cold jackrabbit. There is, of course, turbo hesitation that can be very pronounced. However, I found very quickly you can neutralize that hesitation by utilizing the power band. Be forewarned, the distance between point A and point B is significantly shortened with this car and can be dangerous if you drive it fast without the experience at driving fast."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My first "luxury" vehicle and I love it.

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "keyless entry, feels good to drive, classy,"

Cons: "cruise control too close to signal"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The more I drive it - the more I love it. Bought it certified pre owned with 12,000 miles and within a year I am now at 34,000 so I drive. I don't even mind making the car payments! It's a classy, comfortable car. There are a few improvements that could be done. The cruise control is too close to the signal. I still hit it all the time when signaling. When the max cool air comes on it is too loud. The only option I don't have that I should have got is the one with the blind spot mirror. I get a lot of comments on how nice it looks.Decent gas mileage."

17 people out of 25 found this review helpful

A great 4 door sport car. drives and handles

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "a very reasonablr price for this versatile vehicle"

Cons: "If you are seeking a great big Benz this ain't it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my wifes car. She had a tragic fall at home and can't get in and out of this car. It was her dream car! We both loved it and it is truly an unusual combination of SPORT CAR and a 4 passenger fun car easily. It has plenty of horsepower and at the same time driven near speed limits is very reasonable on the gas. Its kinda like this , if you drive it you will want it!"

22 people out of 32 found this review helpful

excellent car

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "needs more comfortable seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"beautiful car that gets noticed. Good price point for buying but wished it retained better value. In 4 years it has lost $20,000 in value. Very good performance, have had no repairs done except maintenance."

22 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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