Mercedes-Benz is a prestigious brand that has established a stable ground for many other car brands to emerge in the markets, whether through design inspiration or overall performance. Mercedes-Benz has even set an inspiration for many car models to inspire each other within the brand itself which makes them uniquely outstanding to the pool of customers from all over the world. Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class have existed within the markets for quite some time now and it is only fair that we pin the compact executive C-Class against the full-size luxury S-Class for a comparison in terms of interior and exterior designs, price, as well as engine performance with a focus on the 2018 models.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2020.)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Capacity / Doors 5 seats (sedan) / 4 doors,
4 seats (Coupes, Convertibles) / 2 doors
5 seats (sedan) / 4 doors,
4 seats (Coupes, Convertibles) / 2 doors
Average Fuel Economy -9.6 kmpl to 12.6 kmpl
-12.6 kmpl (Automatic Diesel variant)
-11.9 kmpl (Automatic Petrol variant)
-7.09 kmpl - 13.89 kmpl
Key Features Power steering, AC, Alloy Wheels,
Engine Start Stop Button
AC, Fog lights - Front, Anti Lock
Braking System, power steering
Average Used Pricing $1,240 - $7,300 $2,100 - $182,930
Interior and Exterior Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in a range of options that can easily be defined by either body style, engine performance, or both. This gives users ample room to select the perfect interior and exterior designs of their liking.
The body comes in a remarkably luxurious design with muscle-toned, wind-carved, and sporty lines that make every sedan, coupe, and cabriolet a visual knockout. It is available in 17” to 20” alloy wheels that make driving an effortless act, a variety of grille designs, all integrating the iconic Star, LED headlamps and taillamps, AMG Line and Night Package (C300 Models), AMG Carbon Fiber and Night Packages (AMG models) as well as a 3-layer power soft top in Cabriolets.
Looking at the interior design, Mercedes-Benz gave all models a design that stands out from the crowd. Coming in a spacious 5-passenger design for sedans, stylish 4-seats for coupes, while cabriolets are tailored for four, all rich in innovation, generous with comfort and integrating to all senses.
The interior offers a power driver seat with memory, split-folding rear seats, a multi functioning steering wheel that gives your full control over your vehicle without shifting your focus from the road, a power glass sunroof (Sedans) or Panorama roof, heated and ventilated front seats, a 7” or 8.4” color screen, and other safety features like rearview cameras and front seat belt presenter. It additionally comes with a KEYLESS-GO and HANDS-FREE ACCESS trunk lid technology.
Now that we are aware of the features that come with the C-Class, let’s observe what truly makes the S-Class a showstopper. As mentioned above, the S-Class is a full-size luxury car that as its name suggests comes with a tone of luxurious features that make up the interior and exterior.
The model comes in a majestic body design for the sedans, sleek design for the coupes, and seductive for the cabriolets which in general achieves the pinnacle of elegance with an athletic stance. It is available in 18” to 20” alloy wheels with a double bar grille (Sedans), LED or Ultra Wide Beam LED headlamps, Stardust LED taillamps, and 64-color LED ambient cabin lighting.
The body is of course curved by the signature AMG Line and aggressive elegant styling for the S 63 and S 65. Looking at the interiors, the S-Class comes with a spacious thoughtful cabin that offers a number of ways to pique, pamper, and please the senses. Coming with heated ventilated and massaging front and rear seats, the S-Class will undoubtedly give you a pleasurable ride.
t also comes with a New Energizing Comfort Control with six rejuvenating programs of sound lighting, seating, and climate comfort.
The dashboard is nicely decorated by 12.3” dual color screens for instruments and a COMMAND navigating system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies, and a steering wheel with Touch Control buttons. To add up to the luxury, the interior is always a comfort zone thanks to the Dual-zone or 4-zone (Sedans) climate control with ionizer and aromatherapy system.
The engine is what makes or breaks any car and having known that Mercedes-Benz has always managed to offer its customer base with nothing but the best.
C 300 models: These models come with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo with Direct Injection engine powered by a 241 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 273 lb-ft @ 1,300-4,000 rpm, a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, and an acceleration rate of 5.8 seconds for Sedans, 5.9 seconds for Coupes and 6.3 seconds for Cabriolets from 0-60 mph.
C 250E Sedan models: The model comes with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo with Direct Injection 60kW plug-in hybrid electric motor engine powered by a 275 hp, 443 lb-ft torque, a 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, and an acceleration rate of 5.8 seconds from 0-60 seconds mph.
AMG C43 models: The model comes with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo with Direct Injection 60kW plug-in hybrid electric motor engine powered by a 275 hp, 443 lb-ft torque, a 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, and an acceleration rate of 5.8 seconds from 0-60 seconds mph.
AMG C 63 models: These models come with a handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection engine powered by a 469 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm, 479 lb-ft @ 1,750-4,500 rpm, a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT with paddle automatic transmission, and an acceleration rate of 4.0 seconds for the sedans, 3.9 seconds for the coupes, and 4.1 seconds for the cabriolets.
AMG C 63 S models: These models come with a handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection powered by a 503 hp @ 5,500-6,250, 516lb-ft @ 1,750-4,500 rpm, a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT with shift paddles automatic transmission, and an acceleration rate of 3.9 seconds for sedans, 3.8 seconds for coupes, and 4.0 seconds for the cabriolets.
S450 Sedans models: They come with a 3.0L V6 Biturbo with a Direct Injection engine powered by a 362 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm, 369 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,500 rpm, a 9G-TRONIC 9-Speed with shift paddles automatic transmission, and an acceleration rate of 5.4 seconds.
S 560 models: They come with a 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection engine that is powered by a 463 hp @ 5,250-6,000 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,000 rpm, a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed with shift paddles automatic transmission, and an acceleration rate of RWD Sedan: 4.5 seconds, and 4.5 seconds for all other models.
AMG S63 models: They come in handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection powered by a 603 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm, 664 lb-ft @ 2,750 -4,500 rpm, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed with shift paddles automatic transmission, and an acceleration rate of 3.4 seconds from 0-60 mph.
AMG S65 models: They come with a handcrafted AMG 6.0L V12 Biturbo engine powered by a 612 hp @ 4,800-5,400 rpm 738 lb-ft @2,300-4,300 rpm and an acceleration rate of 4.2 seconds for sedans and 4.0 seconds for coupe and cabriolets.
Now that we have exhausted the significant features that make both the S- and C-Class phenomenal vehicles, it comes down to the question of which between the two vehicles should one go for? Both being luxurious yet furious cars, the C-Class comes with changes in terms of technology and performance which hardly makes you incur any additional costs. It is also a good all-rounder for dynamics, features, refinement, and value. On the other hand, the S-Class is a phenomenally comfortable car that comes with extremely powerful engine options with an active suspension, refined V8, a cabin full of gadgets, comfort, and it is fast, smooth, and it is utterly aggressive.
Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro