In terms of style, this car has a nice mix of classic and modern. Good-looking exterior, nice lines. The interior has the fit and finish you would expect from a Mercedes -- though comparison to the luxurious interiors of the top end Mercedes series isn't warranted. If you are looking for a comfortable, mid-size vehicle that's quiet, smooth, handles well, and has good safety features, within the entry-level luxury car niche, this car is an excellent choice. I have the 4Matic model, which has exceptional handling on wet roads and snow. Both the 4-wheel drive and rear wheel drive versions have the electronic stability/traction control. The ride is very quiet; even over 80 mph on the highway, there is little wind or road noise. This car doesn't offer a sporty ride; if you want that, look elsewhere. It's much better suited for someone seeking a controlled, quiet, comfortable ride with the typical German handling. The controls (audio system, etc) are fairly intuitive and quick to learn compared to some other luxury vehicles. The BlueTooth phone integration works well. There are really only a few things about this car that could be better: First, gas mileage is less than optimal in this era of very high gas prices. The car gets about 20 mpg in city driving; about 28 mpg at best on the highway. I accept some of the gas mileage tradeoff for having a 6-cylinder rather than a 4-cylinder, but even for a six cylinder engine of this size, mileage could be about 20% better, in my opinion. Like many luxury cars, Mercedes strongly recommends premium (at least 91 octane) gas -- this also adds to fuel cost. (Using less than premium sometimes isn't fatal, but can lead to engine deposits over time). Second, this may be a minor issue to some people, but these days, an Ipod or .mpg player input somewhere on the dash should be standard. This vehicle has an auxiliary input jack, but it is located in the glove box. This means that if you want to simply plug in an Ipod, you have to close the glove box on the cord. In addition, the sound level is lower than the radio or CD if you use the auxiliary jack in this manner. The solution to this is to have an iPOD integration kit installed (about $650 from a dealer), or the full-blown media system (that includes .mpeg storage, navigation system, traffic monitoring, etc) for about $1800. I am considering after-market solutions, which are available from audio shops for $300-$400; I simply want to be able to access my iPod. Reliability on this model and year has been average to above average, which suggests that Mercedes had made progress since the period of the late 90's to mid 2000's when they were producing cars of below average reliability. So far, so good -- but I still would not take the chance of getting one of these without at least one year remaining on the manufacturer's warranty, just to ensure no major bad surprises... Overall, I am very pleased with this car and I love driving it. I don't think I would buy one brand new -- I don't like the value proposition on new cars, especially in the luxury class -- but I think the value is pretty good if you get a two or three year-old model if it has been well maintained and still within the warranty. I give it 4 stars overall.
Bought this 2008 model with ~26K mile. Wife is happy. 500 page worth of owner's manual - going through it slowly. Wife reported that on a turn, the steering does not spring back to the straight position - I think that is because the car is heavy, but not completely sure. Also the position of the wiper control and the indicator light control is something she does not much care for. Premium gas at 4.50/gallon hurts some. Beautiful machine - remains to be seen how it behaves as it ages.
I absolutely love my Benz C300. It has all the bells and whistles of a luxury car and the performance of a sports car. I never understood people using the word "sexy" to describe a car, until now. If I had to pick a favorite feature, I'd have to say the big emblem in the grill. There's no mistaking that a Mercedes is coming at you. I gave comfort 4 stars out of 5 only because road noise is a little loud. But, that goes along with low profile tires.
The 2008 C300 is a part of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class of cars. It is the smallest sedan of all Mercedes-Benz vehicles and also the most affordable of the luxurious lineup. It is available with two different styles: Sport and Luxury. Both are catered toward different driving experiences, with C300 Luxury being a bit more conventional than the performance-driven C300 Sport.
For the 2008 model, Mercedes-Benz experienced plenty of success on the market. It's the second-bestselling entry-level luxury car for its model year, and saw worldwide success as well.
The C300 is a well-controlled and precise vehicle. Drivers who enjoy a solid driving experience are going to enjoy the capable Mercedes-Benz C300. It has crisp steering. The suspension does a good job of rough roads overall body motion. Of the two styles, the Sport is overall better at handling and cruising down the highway. Both have plenty of features to keep drivers entertained.
The Mercedes-Benz C300 has a sleek appearance, helping it stand out against other entry-level luxury vehicles. As with all luxury vehicles, its features were ahead of their time. So as time passes, you may find that these features that were once optional are now completely standard, such as Bluetooth connectivity and an entertainment system. As a result, the 2008 edition of this vehicle is much more affordable now than ever.
Though the Mercedes-Benz C300 is considered an entry-level luxury car, don't be fooled - it's still packed with features and gadgets.
It has two distinct styles: Luxury and Sport. Each overlap in core features, but have a few different style tweaks and a very different driving experience.
The Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury follows tradition, with the following features:
The Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport includes these features to help it live up to its name:
The Mercedes-Benz C300 comes with a 3.0L V6 engine as a standard. It comes with either a six-speed manual standard or a seven-speed automatic transmission to swap in. The vehicle is available with all-wheel drive as an option. It has a great drivetrain with plenty of power, though there are other options in the C-Class line of Mercedes-Benz vehicles that have better performance.
If you are looking for a bit more firepower in your car, the C300's brother is the C350. This performance-oriented version has a 3.5L V6 engine and more horsepower than the C300. At the top of the C-Class lineup is the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, whose V8 engine deserves a class all its own.
This compact car has plenty of style, but could use more space for passengers. The backseat may feel a bit snug - headroom may feel tight for tall adults, but legroom will definitely be tight. Optional features and upgrades are available, such as:
The C-Class of cars is available as a sedan, station wagon, and coupe.