Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2012 Volkswagen CC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2012 Volkswagen CC

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen CC doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Volkswagen CC has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan has standard NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The CC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The CC doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The CC doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CC doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The C-Class Sedan offers optional mbrace, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The CC doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the CC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

C-Class Sedan

CC

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

394

502

Chest forces

46 g’s

49 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the C-Class Sedan is safer than the CC:

C-Class Sedan

CC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

120

212

Pelvis Deceleration

39 G’s

61 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

294

360

Thoracic Trauma

52

67

Pelvis Deceleration

38 G’s

59 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Warranty Comparison

The C-Class Sedan comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The CC’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the C-Class Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The CC 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the CC’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the C-Class Sedan has a standard 700 amp battery. The CC’s 570 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Mercedes C-Class Sedan 4Matic’s reliability will be 26% better than the CC and the Mercedes C-Class Sedan RWD will be 42% better than the CC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

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

Horsepower

Torque

C250 Sedan 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

229 lbs.-ft.

C300 Sedan 3.0 DOHC V6

228 HP

221 lbs.-ft.

C350 Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

302 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

CC 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

200 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

CC VR6 3.6 DOHC V6

280 HP

265 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the C300 Sedan is faster than the CC 2.0T (automatics tested):

C-Class Sedan

CC

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C300 Sedan 4Matic gets better fuel mileage than the CC VR6 4Motion (18 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CC 2.0T are solid, not vented.

The C-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the CC:

C-Class Sedan

CC

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The C-Class Sedan Sport’s optional 255/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CC 2.0T R Line/Lux/VR6’s 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CC’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The C-Class Sedan has a standard continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads. The CC’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the CC (108.7 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

The C-Class Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.5% to 47.5%) than the CC’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the C-Class Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The C350 Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CC VR6 4Motion (26.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the CC’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The C-Class Sedan is 8.1 inches shorter than the CC, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan amounts to more than styling. The C-Class Sedan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the CC (.284) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the C-Class Sedan get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has standard seating for 5 passengers; the CC can only carry 4.

The C-Class Sedan has .1 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CC.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the CC VR6, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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