Drive Notes: 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC AWD

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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Today's drive notes centers around a car I won't review because this loan is short -- just a couple of days, since I am traveling. It's too bad I am not getting a full week with this 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC, but I am enjoying this car. Well, mostly.

I'm usually indifferent to the C-Class, mostly because I came of age with the BMW 3-Series as the king of this compact sport luxury class, and then the Lexus IS came along to challenge. But this car has me paying more attention. The 2.0-liter turbo four with a mild-hybrid setup puts out 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a nine-speed automatic transmission gets that power to the wheels.

Here are my notes:

  • I haven't had too much of a chance to drive aggressively, but the little bit I have done shows that the car is willing to play, even in Comfort mode. Turn-in is sharp and smooth, with little need to adjust the steering mid-corner.
  • There's plenty of power on tap.
  • MBux infotainment is easier to use than BMW's iDrive or Audi's MMI., and it looks good, but it's not perfect. Like many of these systems, it can require a bit too much menu-diving.
  • The haptic touch system is better than Volkswagen's or Jaguar Land Rover's, but I still miss knobs. I hate using a slider to adjust radio volume, and it's easy to mute the sound by accident. It also takes a bit of a learning curve to figure out which set of "buttons" on the steering wheel works which menu. I do like the customizable digital gauge screen.
  • Apple CarPlay worked seamlessly, both wirelessly and plugged in, at first. Now, however, it has quit. Disconnecting my phone from Bluetooth and reinstalling did not solve the issue. Nor did turning the engine on and off.
  • The brakes are a bit soft, and there's a bit more pedal travel than I'd like before they bite.
  • The steering offers nice weight and accuracy as you turn into a corner but its on-center feel is a bit too light and artificial, even in Sport and Sport+ mode.
  • The interior does feel a bit cramped -- or maybe it's just that I couldn't quite get the seating position right.
  • The mild-hybrid system is so quiet upon startup that I have to check the tach to make sure the engine is running.
  • The car will remind you that you "forgot your phone" if you haven't unplugged it yet when the car is turned off.
  • I really was digging this car til I saw the Monroney. The $45K base price wasn't objectionable, but the $60K as-tested price was. At that price, I'd want to move a size-class up.

That's all I've got. This C-Class is a pretty dang good car, but the price makes the eyes pop.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Sckid213 Sckid213 on Dec 02, 2022

    I actually do agree that most Nissans are ultimately junk. (I also think many BMWs are also). I was talking challenging the 3 in terms of driving dynamics. Agree all were failures in sales.

    • Bobby D'Oppo Bobby D'Oppo on Dec 03, 2022

      Based on the types of people I've seen managing to keep G35's running long past their use-by date, I suspect they are significantly better built than BMW three-er's of that era (which by today's standards are very flaky).

      I think in that class of car there's two magnetic poles, one being "sensible transport" and the other "exotic toys". Lexus is a sensible pick that's lacking emotional appeal, BMW is performance-focused, maintenance intensive, mildly exotic, and Infiniti falls in the middle ground between the two.

      Nissan has serious pedigree when it comes to sports cars and often seem to take those products more seriously than their volume models. I'm a big fan despite choosing BMW for my own driveway.

  • SPPPP SPPPP on Dec 04, 2022

    I drove a similar model as a rental and I slightly liked it. It's nice-ish, and the dynamics and controls are decent, but a bit too floaty for my taste. Also not quite what I call luxurious, either. Maybe not the kind of car you really get attached to, but it is nice.

  • SCE to AUX "But we can all go pound sand in North America, unfortunately"In reality, that would be about 1000 people who can go pound sand, which is why this isn't coming to North America.
  • MaintenanceCosts You could probably make this thing satisfy US emissions standards, although it wouldn't right now, but there is no way on God's green earth you could make it satisfy US safety standards.
  • MrIcky Haven't these been out for a while? Is the news just that Japan gets them now too?
  • JTiberius1701 Jaguar Contour....
  • Analoggrotto How pathetic, as Telluride ATPs continue to soar with a model released in 2018, Toyota is living in the past, bringing back old heavy truck frame junk like this to sell a few hundred copies. They can't even remotely compete on reddit for the toast of society who enjoys the finest AVMs and ATPs by signing up for the finest SUV for under $100k and only #2 to the Purosangue beyond that. This is like the Miata of 3 Row SUVs, you can pay more but not get anything better.