2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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Class. That's the first thing drivers think of when they hear the name Mercedes-Benz. One reason for this is the classiness, luxury, and performance they have provided for decades. The other reason is the way the auto manufacturer defines its styles.
For instance, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Why do they define it by letter instead of model? Because there are so many styles and trims. And all of them vary between cost, standards, options, and performance.
In addition, people know the difference between classes. In this case, they know the C-Class has a lot of the same luxury and refinements of the S-Class at a much lower price. Approximately $100,000 less. For these folks, the letter class means less than the magnificence of the car.
To get an idea of what the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has to offer, here's a breakdown.
What's New for 2019?
There's a good deal new for the C-Class, yet some news might not be welcome. In this case, it's the fact that the hybrid version of this Mercedes-Benz is no longer available. Hopefully, consumers won't be totally devastated not to see what other changes the company has made.
On the exterior, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has redesigned bumpers and LED lights, all standard. The AMG version of the class receives an increase in wheel size and a restyled grille.
Inside, the AMG version of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets a new steering wheel with touch control buttons. In addition, Google Play and Android Auto are now standard across all styles and trims. And, speaking about those ...
Styles and Trims
There are three C-Class styles -- the Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet. And each of these come in four different trims.
The standard 2019 Mercedes-Bens C-Class, the C300, is the most affordable of them all. It comes in standard and 4Matic (all-wheel drive) models. Standards include wood trim, heated seats, an illuminated entry system, and seven-inch instrument panel screen. The Cabriolet (convertible) version of this model also comes with a driver's side neck heater.
The AMG C 43 and C 63 are the high-performance versions of the C-Class. They come with more powerful engines, Race Start launch control, high-performance exhaust, and leather-covered steering wheel. Upgrades from the standard C-Class are brushed aluminum pedals, leather seats with suede inserts, and enhanced audio system.
At the upper end of the C-Class is the C 63 S. With a higher-powered engine, race mode, electronically limited slip differential, and a compound braking system, this version of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is not for trips to the mall. This is for those who want to take their vehicle to the upper limits of their abilities.
Driving and Performance
Defining driving and performance is somewhat difficult to gauge for the C-Class. Because there are so many styles, the power, handling, and suspension features vary.
For example, the 63 S has a handcrafted, 4.0-liter, V8 engine with 503 horsepower. This equates to a 0-60 acceleration of 3.8 seconds. Throw in the slip differential to control transmission shifts and enhanced braking, this is at the high-end of performance.
However, this doesn't mean the standard C-Class is a slouch in this department. In either the rear-wheel or 4Matic versions, it has an impressive 2.0-liter, inline-4 turbo engine that provides an impressive horsepower and 0-60 acceleration in under six seconds. The AMG 43 and 63 trims have AMG V6 and V8 engines respectively. Their horsepower is enough to allow for 0-60 acceleration in approximately 4.25 seconds.
Safety is always a component of performance, and the C-Class is a superior student. In 2019 IIHS examinations it received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests and superior in front-end collisions. This is due to the suite of its standard automatic braking system and optional active brake assist.
Again, how well the C-Class performs depends on the version. In addition, the higher the horsepower, the lower the efficiency.
Of all the trims, the C300 has the highest fuel economy at 23 MPG in the city and an impressive 34 MPG on the highway. The 4Matic version of the C300 is slightly lower.
In the AMG category, all three styles of the C 43 have the best mileage even with 4Matic. They average 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. In fact, all AMG models offer the same mileage rates, even as the horsepower increases.
The type of C-Class a consumer buys depends on the type of driver they are. Or, rather, the type of driver they want to be. If they're looking for a family sedan, then the C 300 is going to be their vehicle. On the other hand, if they are a family of race car drivers, they might purchase the C 63 S.
No matter what style or trim, consumers know they'll get the best German engineering can provide.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Mercedes-Benz C-Class invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz C-Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.