In comparing the Mercedes-Benz C-Class's and the Mercedes-Benz CLS's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value and overall quality score. The Mercedes-Benz CLS has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz CLS have the same interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class's and the Mercedes-Benz CLS's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz CLS Pricing
A used 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranges from $43,886 to $63,220 while a used 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLS is priced between $71,890 to $91,999. For a new model, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class's price is between $47,290 and $69,111, with the Mercedes-Benz CLS priced between $82,283 and $96,974.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz CLS Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class loses 46.8 percent of its value and the Mercedes-Benz CLS loses 53.8 percent of its value. This means the Mercedes-Benz C-Class retains 7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz CLS Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 8.9 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz CLS's quality rating is 7.7 out of 10. This results in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class being ranked 4 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Mercedes-Benz CLS being ranked 9 out of 25 Best Luxury Hatchbacks.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz CLS Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 8.2 out of 10. For the Mercedes-Benz CLS the reliability rating is 7.9 out of 10. This gives the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class’s base engine makes 255 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS base engine makes 362 horsepower. The C-Class is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 626 miles. The CLS is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 633 miles.This gives the Mercedes-Benz C-Class the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Mercedes-Benz CLS the advantage in maximum range. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz CLS are comparable in regards to interior volume
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.