Volkswagen Passat versus Mercedes C Class

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Volkswagen Passat is one of the best selling cars in the entry level luxury segment and it has many great features. It is an apt rival to the Mercedes C Class which is the cheapest Mercedes saloon car in the country. In our car comparison today we will compare both these two wonderful cars to find out which one is the better car for you. Volkswagen is one of the largest car makers in the world while Mercedes is known for being one of the top luxury car brands globally.

Looks and design:


Volkswagen Passat is one of the best selling cars in the Indian car market and has very good exterior features. It is one of those few cars in the market with excellent build quality and exudes the best of VW engineering. It has large headlamps and chromed front grille which sports the VW batch. It has clear Xenon headlamps which gives it a touch of class and premium feel. It has fantastic paint quality and finish level.

Mercedes is a world renowned manufacturer of luxury cars and the C class is their latest entrant in the entry level luxury segment. It has beautifully designed front end design. It has European looks and feels very contemporary. It has an aggressively designed front end and a proportionately designed rear section as well. It has immaculate build quality, fit and finish levels while the paint quality is simply top notch.

Looks overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8/10
Looks overall – Mercedes C Class – 8.5/10

Interiors – design, space and features:


Volkswagen Passat brings excellent interiors with a grey dashboard and wooden trim. It has features such as a powerful air con which does a wonderful job of keeping the interiors cool during summers. It has very comfy seats that provide excellent support to the body. The seats are adjustable and are clad in leather upholstery. It has 12 powerful speakers and 6 CD changer music system. It also brings a cavernous boot space of 560 liters to carry your luggage.


Mercedes is known for their luxury and performance and the interiors on the C Class does not disappoint you. It has one of the best interiors in this price range and brings many exciting interior features. It has multiple airbags for safety of passengers and automatic climate control. It has steering mounted audio controls and a range of adjustments on its seats and boot space of 475 liters for your luggage.

Interiors overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8/10
Interiors overall – Mercedes C Class –

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


Volkswagen Passat diesel variant sports a new 2.0 liter 4 cylinder common rail diesel engine which makes a maximum 168 BHP and 350 NM of maximum torque. The NVH levels are well controlled on this car and it offers a comfy driving experience. It has a 6 speed gear box with the 5th and 6th gear as overdrive ratios which greatly improve fuel efficiency. ARAI has certified the Passat saloon car to give a maximum fuel efficiency of 12.69 kmpl.


Mercedes C Class brings four engine options starting with the 1.8 liter petrol engine which makes 186 BHP and 285 NM of torque. ARAI has rated this engine to give 11.74 kmpl. The AMG tuned engine is a 6.3 liter engine which makes 457 BHP and 600 NM of torque. ARAI has rated this engine to give 5 kmpl. The diesel engines start with the 2.2 liter engine which makes 170 BHP and 400 NM of torque and there is a more powerful variant of this 2.2 liter diesel engine and it makes 204 BHP and 500 NM of torque. ARAI has rated the diesel engines to give 14.84 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

Engine overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8.5/10
Engine overall – Mercedes C Class – 9.5/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Volkswagen Passat brings a very good handling package. It is an excellent highway performer with very good ride quality. It has a very good suspension setup which absorbs all the bumps and undulations on the road and provides a joyful ride quality. It brings ABS + EBD along with ESP and the brakes have excellent bite ensuring maximum safety of passengers when on a drive.


Mercedes cars are fun to drive and the C Class continues this legacy of great handling cars from the stable of one of the finest car makers in the world. It has a composed ride quality under varying road conditions and offers a very comfy yet sporty driving experience. It has a responsive steering any many driver aids. It also brings powerful brakes assisted by ABS + EBD, ESP and Brake Assist for maximum control.

Suspension overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8.5/10
Suspension overall – Mercedes C Class – 9/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Volkswagen Passat Highline 2.0 TDI is priced at (ex-showroom Delhi) 25.69 lakhs. The pricing is quite reasonable given all the features it brings to the segment. It has ample performance and styling. It has very good interiors and engine performance. It also handles very well and the build quality is very good. The pricing could have been slightly lower to improve sales but it has been selling quite well for VW.

Mercedes C Class price starts from an ex-showroom New Delhi price of 28.56 lakhs for the Mercedes Benz New C Class 220 CDI Executive, 31.57 lakhs for the Mercedes Benz New C Class C 200 CGI Avantgarde, 33.40 lakhs for the Mercedes Benz New C Class C 250 CDI Elegance, 34.62 lakhs for the Mercedes Benz New C Class AMG and the top variant Mercedes Benz New C Class C 63 AMG is priced at a hefty price tag of 79.83 lakhs.

Value for money overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Mercedes C Class – 8.5/10


Volkswagen Passat scores in many areas however when it comes to sheer luxury and interior features the Merc still has a lot going for it. Volkswagen however has a better and larger dealer network spread through the country. Mercedes also brings up very good service backup. Both the cars offer good value for money. So, if you were planning a purchase between these two cars, which one of them would you prefer to buy and why?

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Sankalp – who has written posts on Car Comparisons.

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