2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Vs. Tesla Model 3

Often, we open these comparisons by taking a step back and discussing a segment’s place in the automotive market. Today, we’re going to jump right into it. Comparing the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with the Tesla Model 3 may seem like a comparison between apples and oranges. After all, one is stately and refined, reaching back decades to its performance and luxury pedigree and delivering a compact car with the ambitions of a large vehicle. The other is a brand-new model that is focused on a future that may or may not be certain for automobiles. It’s old vs. new. It’s heritage vs. boldness. It’s a badge that evokes feelings of permanence and class vs. a badge that has yet to build an identity for itself.

Differences aside, drivers in the luxury compact field may be stuck deciding between the two models for more reasons than simply the boxes they check. After all, both models promise a composed and comfortable interior, plenty of standard and available performance and all of this in a parkable and nimble small car. Let’s see how they match up!

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


Tesla Model 3

Leatherette Seating Cloth
469 horsepower (AMG® C 63) Maximum horsepower 450 horsepower (Model 3 Performance)
Yes Cabriolet version No
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility No
9-speed automatic Transmission 1-speed
$41,400 MSRP $44,000

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class: a Legacy of Legacy of Luxury

Comparing the two on paper (or at least in the form of a chart above), reveals the biggest differences between the two, but seems to swing in favor of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. While the Model 3 has undoubtedly invested most of its effort and funds into the unique powertrain, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has afforded this budget into producing a car that lives up to the Silver Star on its hood and grille.

This means offering features like Apple Carplay/Android Auto compatibility, giving drivers standard leatherette seating and allowing them to select a blistering-fast AMG® performance variant.

Everything on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is at its premium – the fit and finish, the comfort, the convenience and the reliable, German-built powertrain. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class perfectly exemplifies the brand’s slogan: “The best or nothing.”

At Mercedes-Benz of Kansas city, we’ve got the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in stock. Contact us today to see our selection of this compact luxury performance vehicle and schedule a test drive.

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