2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Camaro. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Coupe.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the C-Class Coupe:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

C 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 43 Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The C-Class Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Coupe (19 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the C-Class Coupe.

The Camaro’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Coupe:

 

Camaro 1LE

Camaro SS

Camaro SS 1LE

Camaro ZL1

C-Class

AMG C 43

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.35 inches

13 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the C-Class Coupe:

 

Camaro

C-Class

 

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the C-Class Coupe (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Coupe (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Coupe.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the C 300 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the C 300 4MATIC (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the C-Class Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 13.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Coupe (93 vs. 79.3).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the C-Class Coupe.

Ergonomics

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The C-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the C-Class Coupe is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Coupe because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the C-Class Coupe, including $231 less for a water pump, $58 less for a muffler, $197 less for a starter, $220 less for a fuel pump, $141 less for front struts and $358 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The C-Class Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The C-Class Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The C-Class Coupe has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The C-Class Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The C-Class Coupe has never been chosen.

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