2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe offers style, performance

SLEEK DESIGN: A longer, wider, and lower design gives the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe real presence.
SLEEK DESIGN: A longer, wider, and lower design gives the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe real presence. –Mercedes-Benz

The expectation of a Mercedes-Benz is that it will be sleek, elegant, and powerful. The all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe delivers on that expectation with updated styling and a responsive, sporty drive experience.

The design changes are immediately noticeable at the front end where you’ll find a striking diamond-patterned grille and LED headlights. The C300 Coupe is also 3.7-inches longer this year and you can see it in a stretched hood that creates added presence.

Step around to the rear and the design story continues. The C300 Coupe is 1.6 inches wider and the suspension is .6 inches lower, accenting bold rear haunches. Long, narrowed taillights and a more prominent Mercedes-Benz three-point star finish the look.

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Open the door to a refined and sporty interior. There are rich leathers and wood trims in a cabin that provides more space for all passengers, even those sitting in the rear. Seating is supportive yet comfortable with strong bolstering for taking tight corners. A standard panoramic sunroof floods the cabin with the light. As attractive as the C300 Coupe looks on the outside, it’s really on the inside that it shines, delivering a true luxury experience.

STUNNING INSIDE: Beautifully trimmed with leathers and wood, the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe is a true luxury experience. —Mercedes-Benz

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired to a smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with shifts timed precisely throughout the range. Press on the gas pedal and the response is immediate and impressive. A choice of either rear-wheel-drive or 4Matic all-wheel-drive is offered to appeal to those who live in snowier climes.

That power is paired with remarkable handling that balances a sporty spirit with easy luxury. Steering is solid and responsive, making the C300 Coupe effortless to drive even through narrow, winding roads. It’s also incredibly fun, daring you to whip it through corners as it puts a smile on your face. A 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph make for a spirited ride.

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Optional Airmatic suspension further improves the ride by electronically adjusting damping on the front and rear axles. This provides a smoother ride with less vibration and road noise. Drivers have the option of further adjusting the ride through one of five Dynamic Select drive modes.

Each drive mode adjusts the engine, steering, automatic stop/start, and climate control. In models with Airmatic, the suspension is also adjusted. Choices include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. The least performance-oriented drive is offered by Eco with its more reserved character.

Dial it up to Sport+ and the difference is dramatic. The engine note is more pronounced, steering tightens, and throttle response is increased. A light foot on the gas in Sport+ will still have you pressed back into your seat as the C300 proves its mettle.

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Those looking for a more personalized drive can opt for Individual mode. This gives the driver control over how each system responds. No matter how you like to drive, the C300 Coupe can be tailored to meet your preferences.

The C300 Coupe features the latest in semi-autonomous safety technology so you can drive with confidence. Standard features include Attention Assist, which detects driving patterns associated with a tired driver and warns the driver to pay full attention to the road.

There is also Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which issues an audible warning in the event of possible collisions, and Adaptive Brake Assist, which can boost the brakes in an emergency. It can automatically apply the brakes at speeds of up to 124 mph to reduce the severity of a collision or prevent one entirely. At slower speeds of up to 31 mph, the system even brakes in response to stationary vehicles to reduce rear-end collisions.

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Optional safety features include Distronic Plus with steering assist for precisely adjusted cruise control, Active Lane Keeping Assist to prevent drifting out of your lane, and Pre-Safe Plus, which automatically activates hazard lights when it detects a car approaching too quickly from the rear.

The C300 Coupe offers all the luxury and performance of a Mercedes-Benz, but it does so with a more manageable price tag. This is entry-level luxury so the base model comes in at $42,650. That’s a good price for a luxury car, but the number creeps quickly higher as tempting options are added. It tops out at around $60,000.

Its combination of sporty styling, a luxurious interior, and sporty performance with a more affordable price make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe an attractive choice for luxury car buyers.

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