Let's pretend for a minute that you are will to spend $65,000 on a car. You already have it narrowed down between the E-Class and the C-Class, so you walk into a dealership. Once there, you may be surprised after sitting behind the wheel of both cars. As promised by Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class is bigger. This means more interior space for comfort and cargo, but it isn't as big as you might think. The E-Class is only about two inches longer than the C-Class. This small change in size only equates to about an inch of extra head, leg, and shoulder room for both the front and back passengers.
Here is where it gets fun. For our price of $65,000, we can either afford an E400 or a Mercedes-AMG C63. As an AMG model, the C-Class becomes much more than just a car. First, it has more than 100 more horsepower than the E400, it weighs less, and it provides virtually the same amount of interior space. Of course, not everyone is concerned about excess power and performance, which is why we bring up the topic of depreciation. AMG engines are built entirely by hand by technicians working their dream jobs. Because of this, not only is the engine in the C-Class more reliable, but it will also help the C-Class retain a higher resale value. To summarize the case of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs C-Class, the C-Class is more affordable, more powerful, provides similar interior space, and can potentially increase in value if taken care of. If you have any questions about either of these models, leave a comment below!