2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2018 Mercedes C 350e

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The e-Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C 350e doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The e-Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The C 350e doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The C 350e doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the e-Golf’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The C 350e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the e-Golf and the C 350e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 parking sensors.


Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the e-Golf 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C 350e. 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 350e ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The e-Golf’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the C 350e’s (12 vs. 5 years).

There are over 71 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the e-Golf’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 1 place higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the C 350e running on electricity (126 city/111 hwy vs. 45 city/61 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the C 350e running its gasoline engine (126 city/111 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/32 hwy).

The e-Golf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 125 miles on a full charge. The C 350e can only travel about 9 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Tires and Wheels

The e-Golf 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 350e; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the e-Golf’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the C 350e’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.8 feet).


The Volkswagen e-Golf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Mercedes C 350e.

The e-Golf is 1 foot, 4.4 inches shorter than the C 350e, making the e-Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The e-Golf has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C 350e (93.5 vs. 90).

The e-Golf has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the C 350e.

Cargo Capacity

The e-Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the C 350e (22.8 vs. 11.8 cubic feet).


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the e-Golf has a standard rear wiper. The C 350e doesn’t offer a rear wiper.


The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The C 350e has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The C 350e has never been chosen.

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