2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Charger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

 

Charger

C-Class Sedan

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

246

Neck Injury Risk

33%

60%

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

219 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

 

Charger

C-Class Sedan

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

164

459

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

67 G’s

Hip Force

243 lbs.

949 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

692 lbs.

769 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Sedan. 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 Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The C-Class Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Charger’s reliability 34 points higher than the C-Class Sedan.

Engine

The Charger has more powerful engines than the C-Class Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

C 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 43 Sedan 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 Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Charger 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 Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Charger R/T Scat Pack’s 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 Sedan doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona 392’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:

 

Charger R/T

Charger Scat Pack

Charger Daytona 392

C 300

AMG C 43

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

13 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Charger stops shorter than the C-Class Sedan:

 

Charger

C-Class

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (275/40R20 vs. 225/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Charger has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (120.2 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the C 300 Sedan 4MATIC pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the C 300 Sedan 4MATIC (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Charger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The C-Class Sedan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger a Large car, while the C-Class Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Charger has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (104.7 vs. 90).

The Charger has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (16.5 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Towing

The Charger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The C-Class Sedan has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Charger’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 Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the Charger and the C-Class Sedan offer optional heated front seats. The Charger also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C-Class Sedan.

Economic Advantages

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Sedan because it costs $657 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the C-Class Sedan, including $368 less for a water pump, $295 less for a starter, $140 less for fuel injection, $252 less for a fuel pump, $268 less for front struts and $403 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Dodge Charger, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Mercedes C-Class by 33% during 2018.

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