2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Starting at $41,600*


Starting at $54,250*
255-hp 2.0L inline-4 turbo

Base Engine

255-hp 2.0L inline-4 turbo
12.6 cubic feet

Cargo Capacity

13.1 cubic feet
10.25 inches

Central Display

12.3 inches

64-color Ambient Interior


There’s nothing better than a luxury Mercedes-Benz sedan, but which one is right for you? When comparing the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs E-Class sedans, you can see that depending on your lifestyle one or the other might better suit you. You can take an in-depth look for yourself with our 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. E-Class match-up below, then come to our Greenwich dealership and see each of them in person. 



C-Class vs. E-Class: Price & Trim Range

There’s no way to go wrong between the C-Class and E-Class. Both are powerful, quality, luxury sedans that would be the envy of anyone in Rye. However, you can start your comparison by looking at how they compare on pricing:

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Starting Price: $41,600 MSRP* for the C 300 Sedan
  • Trim LEvels: Five trim levels, including three AMG® models
  • Range-Topping Price: $76,200 MSRP* for the AMG® C 63 S Sedan

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Starting Price: $54,250* for the E 350 Sedan
  • Trim Levels: Five trim levels, including two AMG® models
  • Range-Topping Price: $107,500 MSRP* for the AMG® E 63 S Sedan

C-Class vs. E-Class: Body Styles – In this comparison, we’ve focused on the C-Class and E-Class sedans. However, it’s important to point out that the C-Class and the E-Class are both available as coupes and cabriolets as well. In fact, the E-Class is even offered as a Wagon!


C-Class vs. E-Class: Performance 

Despite their differences in starting price, the compact C-Class and mid-size E-Class come with the same starting engine: a 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder configuration. This means that both vehicles offer 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque as standard, but because of their different body shapes their fuel economy differs:

  • Up to an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 35 mpg highway** with the C 300
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway** with the E 350

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Engine Upgrades

  • 385-hp AMG®-enhanced biturbo® V6
  • 469-hp AMG® biturbo® V8
  • 503-hp AMG® biturbo® V8

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Engine Upgrades

  • 362-hp turbocharged Inline-6
  • 429-hp Inline-6 with electric auxiliary compressor
  • 603-hp AMG® biturbo® V8

New Canaan drivers who want a more fuel-efficient vehicle might prefer the C-Class for this reason. If you just want raw performance, the E-Class has a higher ceiling in terms of horsepower. 


C-Class vs. E-Class: Interior Features

The E-Class Sedan may have a bigger trunk than its C-Class counterpart, but the biggest difference between C-Class and E-Class sedans actually has to do with their standard features:

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Standard Features

  • 10.25-inch high-resolution display
  • Digital instrument cluster with 12.3-inch display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power front seats with driver-seat memory
  • 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Standard Features

  • 12.3-inch high resolution central display
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • MB Navigation
  • 64-color LED ambient lighting
  • Available Active multicontour front sport seats with massage
  • Available Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space

Check out our guide to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior to learn more.


Find The Difference between C-Class and E-Class Yourself at Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich!

The best way to know how you feel about a vehicle is to get behind the wheel. Come to Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, and take both the C-Class and the E-Class for test drives to see which you prefer. All you need to do is contact us, and you can even shop and buy online!


*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.
**EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.


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