2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class Review

The Mercedes C Class is one of the most sought Mercedes models due to its design, comfort, performance, safety and technology. The German machine is particularly quintessential because it combines affordability and luxury in one package making it likable to many car lovers. The Mercedes Benz C-Class competes with established brands such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Toyota Lexus lS, VW Passat, Subaru Legacy and Toyota Mark X.

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Detailed Review

The Mercedes Benz C-Class has been in production for five generations since 1993. The first generation known as the W202 was in production from 1993 to 2000. The second generation known as W203 was in production from 2000 to 2007. The third generation known as the W204 was in production from 2012 to 2014. The fourth-generation known as the W205 has been in production from 2014 to 2020. The fifth-generation began in 2021.

The 2016 C Class has five engine options namely; the Turbocharged 1.6 Litre 154PS engine, the Turbocharged 1.8 Litre 204PS engine, the 6.2 Litre 457PS engine all petrol, and the Turbocharged 2.1 Litre diesel engine

2016 Mercedes Benz C- Class Grades

The 2016 Mercedes Benz is offered in 5 grades namely; C300, C300d, C 450 AMG, AMG C 63, and AMG C 63 S.

  1. Mercedes Benz C 300– This is the base trim that comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a 7-inch central display screen Bluetooth phone, audio connectivity, and an audio system with a CD player, dual USB ports, an SD card reader and HD radio.
  2. Mercedes Benz C300d- It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a 7-inch central display screen Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, dual USB ports, an SD card reader, and HD radio.
  3. Mercedes Benz C450 AMG- It comes with a V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes and steering, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, and sport front seat bolstering.
  4. Mercedes Benz AMG C63- It is equipped with a V8 engine and adds 8-inch wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and performance software with a lap timer.
  5. Mercedes Benz AMG C 63S– It has the same features as the AMG C 63 but adds red brake calipers, larger front brakes, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and active engine mounts.

2016 Mercedes Benz Interior Legroom & Space

The interior of the 2016 C-Class departs drastically from its predecessor’s traditional appearance. It offers a cool, modern environment for driving. The quality of the materials is rather high, and there is lots of visual appeals thanks to the curved trim panels.  The rear compartment has been redesigned and passengers have 35.2 inches of legroom, which is 2 inches bigger than previous generations.

Cabin Storage
The C-Class is well supplied with storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags, etc. In the first row, there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a storage shelf below the dashboard, a glovebox, and the center box. For the second row, there’s storage on the front seat jacket pockets and door pockets.

Safety Features

Standard safety features in the 2016 C Class include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, front pelvic airbags a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Other features include a pre-crash preparation system and the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system and A rearview camera.

2016 Mercedes Benz Exterior

The 2016 Mercedes Benz C Class gets a more charming than ever-exterior design that can be easily mistaken for the S class models. The S Class however has a slightly larger design and a is a lot more luxurious than the previous generation. Up front, headlights with intricately carved LED brows flank the vertical grille. Large air intakes adorn the lower front fascia. The front fenders are flared, while the back end is rounder and softer than in the past. AMG models feature unique characteristics, such as a front bumper with larger air intakes.

Other Extras: Advanced Parking Guidance, Artico Upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, LED daylight running lights, automatic climate control, Audio 20, multi-function Nappa leather steering wheel.

2016 Mercedes Benz Fuel Consumption

The 2016 C Class has an average fuel consumption of 8.4L/100KM.

2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class Fuel Tank Capacity: 66 Litres

2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class Ground Clearance
The 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class has a ground clearance of 5.5 Inches (140mm) which is below the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 10,000 km for petrol and 5,000 km for diesel. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil.

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are fairly priced and available in major towns in Kenya. Body parts are expensive and mostly available in Nairobi. You can get listings for Mercedes Benz spare part dealers in this link.

Resale Value: Average

Mercedes Benz C-Class Competitors: Audi A4BMW 3 Series, Toyota Lexus lS, VW Passat, Subaru Legacy and Toyota Mark X.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.3,500,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 80,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 24,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class

  1. Impressive fuel economy
  2. Safety and technology features
  3.  Engine options

Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is comparable to the BMW 3 Series in terms of ride quality, handling, and performance. The C-Class comes with a lengthy list of standard features and is perfect for the upward clientele.

Where to Buy the 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the C-Class locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and UK who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.

See Also the 2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class Review

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