2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The C-Class is the Mercedes-Benz entry luxury sedan and coupe. The sedan was redesigned for 2008 and receives updated for 2012 while a coupe version is offered for the first time. Also new for 2012 is the C36 AMG Coupe Black Series, the most powerful C-Class ever produced with a 510-horsepower normally-aspirated 6.3-liter V8 engine combined with the AMB SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission. The C-Class was introduced in 1993 as a 1994 model to replace the 190 sedan. The first C-Class Coupe was introduced for 2002 and continued through the 2005 model.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in sedan and coupe body styles, both of which are available in C250, C350 and C63 AMG trim levels. The sedan is furthermore available as a C300 4Matic, while the coupe gets an added C63 AMG Black Series.
The C250 and C300 trims all come standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (with adjustable lumbar), MB Tex vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming interior and driver-side mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a USB audio jack and HD radio. The C300 4Matic adds all-wheel drive and a V6 engine.
In sedan form, the C250 and C300 are further differentiated into Luxury and Sport sub-trims. These differ in wheel design, suspension tuning, styling details, steering wheel design and interior trim type. When equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive, the Luxury also includes a comfort-tuned suspension. The Premium 1 package adds on four-way adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, heated front seats, driver memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel, split-folding rear seats and a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod interface (optional separately as well).
Powertrains and Performance
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 201 hp and 229 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic are standard. According to Mercedes, the rear-drive C250 goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and at the time of this writing, this engine was estimated by Mercedes to achieve 24 mpg combined and 30 mpg highway.
The Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 228 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, and it’s the only C-Class that gets all-wheel drive. According to Mercedes, it, too, goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and the manufacturer assesses fuel economy at 20 mpg combined.
Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz C350 is a 3.5-liter V6 good for 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes estimates a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and fuel economy of 21 mpg combined.
With the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, you get a 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque; add the AMG Development package and hp gets bumped up to 481. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard. In Edmunds performance testing of the previous C63 with its more conventional transmission, it shot to 60 mp in 4.4 seconds (the new transmission may be good for a tenth or two off that). Fuel economy is estimated by Mercedes to be 16 mpg combined.
The C63 AMG Black Series gets a more powerful version of the 6.2-liter V8 good for 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. AMG says it’ll hit 60 in 4.2 seconds.
Every 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, front side thorax airbags, front side pelvic airbags and full-length curtain airbags. Also standard is Mercedes Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness and inattention. Rear side thorax airbags are standard on the coupe and optional on the sedan. Other safety-oriented options include the Lane Tracking package — which adds a blind-spot warning system and a lane-departure warning system — and Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics.
Interior Design and Special Features
Just tugging on the C-Class’ door handle makes you feel as if you’ve cracked open an impenetrable vault. This model’s interior was always beautifully crafted and it gets even better for 2012, though its austere ambience and angular design may still convey a less luxurious feel to some. Additional wood or metal trim for 2012 helps in this regard, while opting for a two-tone color scheme adds at least a small amount of warmth and excitement.
The controls are straightforward for this class of car, and Mercedes’ optional COMAND electronics interface is fairly easy to use; the iPod interface is particularly user-friendly. The COMAND screen no longer pops out of the dash like before, and it seems like a good change to us, as it’s a cleaner look and one less thing to go wrong.
Though the sedan is bigger than previous C-Class editions, it’s hardly the best choice for growing families. Some might find a child seat difficult to install in the narrow, bucketlike backseat positions, and the 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side. As for the coupe, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s definitely not a good choice for families, but then two-door luxury cars seldom are. Its trunk of 11.7 cubic feet is average-sized for the small luxury coupe class.
Regardless of whether you opt for the 2012 C250, C300 or C350, Mercedes’ entry-level luxury car boasts precise steering and handling, as well as overall driving dynamics that measure up just fine compared to other sedans and coupes in the segment. Despite their somewhat sporty character, the Sport variants are never harsh on the road and can tackle long road trips with ease. The Luxury variants ride a little softer and have a quieter exhaust system, resulting in a more serene driving environment.
Though the C250′s four-cylinder isn’t as potent as the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Audi A4/A5, its performance should be suitable for most drivers; the C300 4Matic offers slightly more power and all-weather traction. With the C350, you get an engine that’s truly compelling; this V6 has a sharp, responsive character and increased hp for 2012
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price :
MSRP range: $34,800 – $61,430
Invoice price range: $32,364 – $57,130
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specs :
Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3538
City (MPG): 21
Hwy (MPG) : 31
Horsepower : 201@5500
Torque (lb-ft): 229@2200-4300
Wheelbase : 108.7
Length (in.) : 180.7
Width (in.) : 69.7
Height (in.) : 54.8