What’s the Difference Between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class?

May 25th, 2017 by

When shopping for a new Mercedes-Benz sedan, one big question buyers tend to ask is “What’s the difference between the C-Class and the E-Class?” Besides their names, you will find a few key differences in these two sedans, specifically in their performance, interiors, and all-around convenience. Take a look at the differences below!

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs E-Class

There are a few differences you will immediately notice when comparing these two vehicles, and the first is size. The base model of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the C 300 Sedan, measures in at 184.5 inches compared to the base model E-Class E 300, which is at 193.8 inches. The increase in inches leaves the E-Class E 300 with more space in the interior, boasting 36.2 inches of legroom in the back compared to the C-Class C 300’s 35.2 inches. There is also more space in the trunk in the E-Class, with 13.1 cu ft compared to 12.6 cu ft.

On the performance side, these two base models are different as well. In the C 300 you will find a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine paired with a 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission that gets 241 hp @ 5,550 rpm and goes 0-60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds. The E 300 comes standard with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine as well, however, it is paired with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission and has roughly the same amount of power. Highway fuel efficiency differs by 4 miles per gallon, with the C-Class coming in at 34 MPG and the E-Class coming in at 30 MPG.

Finally, convenience features differ greatly between these two vehicles, with the E-Class coming available with an all-new 12.3-inch high-resolution display that can be paired with another 12.3 high-resolution display for a giant floating touchscreen across your dash. The C-Class also comes available with a display, only this one is 8.4-inches and sits atop the dashboard. Both vehicles come available with a touchpad controller, headup display, and navigation, but only the E-Class features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.