One of our marketing department’s true Mercedes-Benz fans was given the chance to drive the newer version of her car. The department’s resident Mercedes-Benz guru drove a 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for a weekend; she owns a 2011 C-Class.

C-Class Review

When I purchased a Certified Pre-owned 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in 2014, I expected to drive it until the wheels came off. But, after driving the new 2016 C-Class, I am seriously considering trading up. My 2011 C-Class is missing the three aspects that became my favorite in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: quick acceleration, elegant interior, and the Dynamic Select.

C-Class Acceleration

My original disappointment upon learning the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 comes with a 2.0L Twin Turbo 4 cylinder engine quickly changed after getting behind the wheel. I didn’t expect to be impressed with the overall performance, but even without the V6 Engine I love, the new C-Class’s newly improved Turbo 2.0L 4 Cylinder engine had more than enough power.

When merging onto I-80 reaching the speed limit on the ramp came quicker than expected. I was pleasantly surprised because I didn’t think an in-line 4-cylinder engine could put out that much more power than a V6 engine. But, the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class proved me wrong.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

C-Class Interior

The interior of 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is very elegant. The flawless center console flows gracefully to the rear seating area. The back seats are more comfortable than those in my 2011 C-Class. The thicker steering wheel with paddle shifters drives home the sporty feel, plus adds freedom to control all gear changes with your hands on the wheel. The circular air conditioning vents and sound system will remind the driver they’re in a Mercedes-Benz; alluding to the iconic star.

According to “Driven to Delight” by Joseph A Michelli, Mercedes-Benz customers have a passion for the brand once they make the purchase. With the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior, the feeling that you are in a very special vehicle is hard to miss. This is a vehicle built to provide both a comfortable and a luxurious driving experience for years to come.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

C-Class Dynamic Select Modes

The Dynamic Select driving modes allow a choice of how you’d like to drive. For eco-friendly city driving, the ECO driving mode helps with fuel consumption and emissions. If you are merging onto the Highway, Sport mode gives quicker acceleration and a sporty feel. My 2011 C-Class only has regular mode and Sport mode – even though the old Sport mode still gives that sporty feel, it’s nothing compared to the upgrades given to the 2016 Dynamic Select Sport or Sport+ mode.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

All it took was one weekend with the newer C-Class and I want to upgrade my 2011 C-Class to the new 2016 C-Class. I was planning on getting an SUV for my next vehicle – but the C-Class will give me better gas millage and a more luxurious feel than most SUVs out there.

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