/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

Photos: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 covers cabin tech basics and drivability very well, without going over the top. Its imperturbable handling is good, but doesn't generate much excitement, while its cabin tech gets the job done without many frills.

cnet.png
CNET Reviews staff
32630925-2-440-0.jpg
1 of 19 CNET Networks
The all new C300 sits at the bottom of Mercedes-Benz's U.S. line-up. It's a very affordable car with a nice degree of luxury.
32630925-2-440-FRONT.jpg
2 of 19 CNET Networks
The C300 is available in Sport and Luxury trims, distinguished by very different grilles. The Sport model gets the big badge in the center of the grille, while the Luxury model gets a hood ornament.
32630925-2-440-DT5.jpg
3 of 19 CNET Networks
The 3-liter V-6, with 228 horsepower, isn't over-powered, but it works well in the C300. We found acceleration in every day driving circumstances more than adequate.
32630925-2-440-SIDE.jpg
4 of 19 CNET Networks
The C300 uses some nice design features to make it stand out amongst small sedans. It has the sweeping contour along the side and a hood that juts up, suggesting some brawn. The front comes down at a fairly steep angle.
32630925-2-440-SS01.jpg
5 of 19 CNET Networks
Mercedes-Benz keeps the back of the C300 very clean, and creates an concave wedge shape with the tail light assemblies.
32630925-2-440-INTERIOR.jpg
6 of 19 CNET Networks
The C300 gets a thorough make-over for its cabin tech, including a hard drive-based navigation system.
32630925-2-440-SS02.jpg
7 of 19 CNET Networks
Steering is very responsive in the C300, and the multifunction steering wheel gives easy control over car audio choices. Most cabin tech functions can be controlled with voice command, activated with the voice button on the steering wheel.
32630925-2-440-DT6.jpg
8 of 19 CNET Networks
The gauges on the C300 are tastefully designed, and the center of the speedo serves as a display for trip, audio, and navigation information.
32630925-2-440-SS03.jpg
9 of 19 CNET Networks
The standard transmission on the C300 Sport is a six speed automatic, although it can be optioned up to the seven speed automatic. This six speed has a manual shift mode.
32630925-2-440-DT2.jpg
10 of 19 CNET Networks
This knob lets you control most of the cabin tech functions, as part of the COMAND interface.
32630925-2-440-SS04.jpg
11 of 19 CNET Networks
Map resolution on the navigation system is very good, although you have to zoom in all the way to see all street names.
32630925-2-440-SS05.jpg
12 of 19 CNET Networks
Route guidance is aided by highlighted roads, turn graphics, and voice prompts.
32630925-2-440-SS06.jpg
13 of 19 CNET Networks
The audio system lets you choose folders from MP3 CDs.
32630925-2-440-SS07.jpg
14 of 19 CNET Networks
The disc load screen shows a number of logos, including Dolby Digital and Gracenote, a database of all CDs that applies the proper tags to any CD ripped to the hard drive.
32630925-2-440-DT3.jpg
15 of 19 CNET Networks
With a CD loaded in the changer, you can choose to copy it to the car's hard drive, or Music Register, as Mercedes-Benz calls it.
32630925-2-440-SS08.jpg
16 of 19 CNET Networks
The interface uses this horizontal tuning screen for FM, AM, and Sirius satellite radio.
32630925-2-440-DT4.jpg
17 of 19 CNET Networks
As the six disc changer reads DVDs, you can watch DVD video on the car's LCD or listen to DVD audio discs.
32630925-2-440-SS09.jpg
18 of 19 CNET Networks
The Harmon/Kardon Logic7 audio system uses 12 speakers and a 450 watt amp to produce excellent sound.
32630925-2-440-SS10.jpg
19 of 19 CNET Networks
The C300 is the first Mercedes-Benz we've seen with Bluetooth cell phone integration.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
The best Christmas movies and where to watch them

More Galleries

The best Christmas movies and where to watch them

18 Photos
Spooky space shots show creepy side of the cosmos

More Galleries

Spooky space shots show creepy side of the cosmos

29 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos