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

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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


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


Priced 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


Both the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are available in a range of different body styles, but most drivers who compare the C-Class vs. E-Class at our dealership are interested in their sedan configurations! We’ve covered all of the most important differences in pricing, performance, and standard features, so you can get the facts before you start exploring our exciting lease specials and finance offers.



What’s the Difference Between the C-Class and E-Class Sedans?

The most important differences between C-Class and E-Class models are as follows:

  • The E-Class Sedan starts with a higher price tag, at $54,250* MSRP. The C-Class Sedan starts at $41,600* MSRP. The difference between their price tags grows as you move down either line.
  • The C-Class Sedan offers four trim levels, three of which are AMG® models. The E-Class also has four trim levels, but only two belong to the AMG® line.
  • Both models offer 255 hp as standard, but the C-Class engine upgrades tend to be more powerful. However, the strongest engine in this comparison is the range-topping engine on the E-Class.
  • The C-Class is offered as a Sedan, a Coupe, or a Cabriolet. The E-Class is also offered as a Sedan, a Coupe, and a Cabriolet, but unlike its smaller sibling, it’s even available as a Wagon.


C-Class vs. E-Class: Performance

Both models offer the same base-level engine, but the C-Class Sedan is a little bit more efficient on Providence and East Greenwich highways:

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

Considering an upgrade? Here’s an overview of all the options in the C-Class Sedan and E-Class Sedan lineups:

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Engines

  • 255-hp turbo Inline-4
  • 385-hp AMG®-enhanced biturbo® V6
  • 469-hp AMG® biturbo® V8
  • 503-hp AMG® biturbo® V8

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Engines

  • 255-hp turbo Inline-4
  • 362-hp turbo Inline-6 with EQ Boost
  • 429-hp Inline-6 with EQ Boost and electric auxiliary compressor
  • 603-hp AMG® biturbo® V8

Both base-level models are offered with or without 4MATIC® AWD, but this feature is standard across the remainder of both lineups.


C-Class vs. E-Class: Interior Features

You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the more expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a larger suite of luxury features as standard:

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

The E-Class Sedan has a larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan, but drivers who prioritize cargo space will definitely want to take a closer look at the E-Class Wagon. While you’re doing research, get familiar with the rest of the features in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class interior.


2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior
2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior


Continue Your C-Class vs. E-Class Comparison in Person!

Our 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. E-Class comparison can teach you a lot about what these sedans have to offer, but we think that both models deserve to be experienced first-hand! Find out how to shop and buy online from Warwick or Cranston. You can even value your trade-in today.


*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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