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  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    RM 2,649/Month RM 250,283

Key Highlights

AMG Line includes all the genuinely sporty equipment Best-in-class interior, open pore wood is prettiest in business Huge range means there's a C-Class for everyone
New 9-AT is responsive and better refinement Improved fuel economy due to electrical assistance from EQ Boost Most extensive after-sales network, 33 3S centres

Overview

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Review

As long and storied as the history of Mercedes-Benz is, it is the compact executive car that forms the backbone of the basis of their modern image – especially when you consider that Mercedes-Benz has shifted from an older demographic to one that’s noticeably younger. Vehicles like the A-Class have seen much larger uptake, as has the model we’re talking about here today: the C-Class.

Interestingly enough, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has always managed to operate in its own little bubble in a sense. By this we mean that other products may have been influenced by the offerings of rivals resulting in a bit of a streamlining towards a similar product, but the C-Class has managed to avoid this and go about what it does on its own terms.

And what exactly does that mean? Its powertrains have been unique and robust from even three generations ago, with supercharged 1.8-litre KOMPRESSOR models being somewhat popular among C-Class buyers. The next generation saw the introduction of turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engines in the form of the CGI powertrains that represented a big leap forward in terms of performance and efficiency.

The most current models have a consolidated range of turbocharged 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines in varying states of tune. Larger engine variants were re-designated as AMG models, leaving just the Mercedes-Benz C200, C250, and C300 as the regular C-Class model variants.

This generation of C-Class was launched locally back in 2014, with a major facelift being put forward in 2018. This consolidated the range down to the C200 and C300, and the most recent issues with COVID-19 and microprocessor shortages have ended up paring the current lineup down to just the C300. That’s right – for the first time in a while Malaysian buyers don’t have much of a choice.

It also stands to reason that the next generation C-Class has been launched globally at the start of this year, which is expected to come to market by 2022. For the time being however, the Mercedes-Benz C300 is locally produced in Pekan, Pahang.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Specifications

The singular variant of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class on offer is the C300 AMG Line with Sports Suspension. To break it down, this means it comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine pushing a healthy 258 hp and 370 Nm of torque – the most of any of this particular displacement, and the most you will get before you go for an outright AMG model.

That performance is delivered exclusively to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting 9-speed conventional automatic transmission known as the 9G-TRONIC. This transmission is an evolution of the 7-speed units that were common before this, shifting quicker and more smoothly than ever before. It doesn’t get as much love as units from BMW, but it does its job more than well enough.

The sport suspension suffix is pretty self-explanatory, although it is a bit of a sticking point for Mercedes-Benz models in Malaysia being just a little too soft for our roads. There is also an AGILITY SELECT rocker switch that helps you quickly access different drive modes on the fly, from ECO to SPORT.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Exterior

From a design standpoint, the C-Class was the first to bring in this particular form of styling – and it has certainly endured the test of time. Even seven years from its launch, the overall shape of the C-Class and its various design features look relevant and eye-catching – the sedan form as you would expect it, balanced and sporting a long front bonnet indicative of a longitudinal front-engine layout.

There were numerous variants of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class available at the time, but for the time being the singular C300 AMG Line variant gets 19-inch AMG alloy wheels and the AMG Line exterior package – as the name would suggest this means a more aggressive front and rear end, side skirts, and front grille that make for a much sportier and more youthful proposition. Multibeam LED headlights are also part of the package.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Interior

The inside of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class hasn’t evolved a great deal since this generation’s introduction back in 2014, though one of the major updates was the replacement of the instrument cluster for a full digital display unit. The head unit hasn’t really changed in size or design, still that full-floating setup that has become the norm in its particular class. The C300 AMG Line also gets the AMG Line interior trim package that blacks out some accents, as well as black open-pore ash wood trim inlays.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Safety Features

Safety items haven’t been highlighted particularly well with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, though this is largely because they have been around for an extremely long time and are regarded more as standard options than things to shout about. Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist come as standard, all part of the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive system that also includes autonomous emergency braking. This is on top of the expected items like ABS with EBD, electronic stability control and traction control, and so on.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Strengths & Weakness

As the average luxury car consumer in Malaysia, there are really few things to find fault with when it comes to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s comfortable enough, quick enough, smooth enough, and roomy enough inside to tick all the boxes you would be looking for when it comes to a Mercedes-Benz. The revised instrument cluster is a nice touch, though it doesn’t get the MBUX infotainment system that has become all the rage in a variety of other Mercedes-Benz models.

The unfortunate problem with the C-Class stems from the very thing that gives it an individuality among its peers – it doesn’t handle as well as its rivals do, to the point where it can lead to some slightly jarring and bizarre situations when you’re throwing the car around. Hitting a mid-corner undulation causes diagonal pitching across the chassis and forces even a fairly confident driver to back down.

This doesn’t seem to be a problem that extends to the AMG models – even the Mercedes-AMG C43, and while you may think that’s a result of its four wheel drive, the discontinued Mercedes-Benz C350e hybrid also seemed to perform better when subjected to more aggressive driving maneuvers.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Price

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in a singular C300 AMG Line with Sports Suspension, going for RM 291,800.34. This is inclusive of current sales tax exemptions that are in place – though whether that continues until the end of production is yet unknown.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Features

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as is the Audio 20 infotainment system and the 10.25-inch media display that sits front and centre on the dashboard. The 12.3-inch digital instrument display is also a standard item – as are quality of life pieces like keyless entry and start, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, and so on.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Fuel Consumption

While we don’t have any official manufacturer data from the most current Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the C300 of the pre-facelift variant was quoted as returning 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres, or 15.9 kilometres per litre. From our own testing, however, we found it to come to 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres, or 8.47 kilometres per litre. 

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Key Details

  • Body Type: Sedan/Coupe
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1500 cc - 3982 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol/hybrid
  • Seat Capacity: 4 - 5
  • Price: RM 250,283 - RM 794,682

Reviews

  • Arvind

    15 Sep 2020

    Review: Mercedes-Benz (W205) C300 – Can You Really Facelift Character?

    Exterior updates on the C300 include a redesigned front bumper and the trademark AMG Diamond Pin grille. Additionally the headlamps have been updated with Multibeam LED units at the front while the rear LED tail lamps get new C-shaped light guides. The rear bumper gets a new lower section redesign.

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User Review of Mercedes-Benz C-Class

4.3 Excellent
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5 Excellent
Hasrul
Owner of 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300

Luxury performance prestige

The car exhibits power delivery, high performance with multiple modes of drive including city drive. Maintaining exclusive and luxury looks internal and external as well as the full aspect of security modern features to ensure safe driving all the times. - Less
4 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
Jaiganesh
Owner of 2019 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

Excellent quality and superb

Best car ever to buy - Less
1 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
Chin
Owner of 2019 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

Excellent driving experience

The exterior and interior of the car are the type I like, especially the power of the engine is amazing. Moreover, the handling of the whole car make me feel comfortable. - Less
5 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
MOHD
Owner of 2019 Mercedes-Benz C200

My second C200

C200 saved me and my family in a crash back in 2017 with its outstanding safety features! worth buying! - Less
8 person found this helpful
4 Very Good
Derrick
Owner of 2019 Mercedes-Benz C200

Good car for city businesss & leisure usage.

The car is very suite for big city use either business or leisure family usage. The 9 speed transmission gear with mild hybrid mode battery and turbo kick in after 2.5rpm given sufficient power acceleration. 0- 100 only need 7.7 secs. This is a great and affordable city car for all kind ppl. - Less
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