Mercedes-Benz has long been a company associated with high quality. Unfortunately, that also means that more often than not, you’re going to pay a high price to own one of these fine automobiles. Even in the used market, they can be prohibitively expensive. Take a look at the list below. While some people wouldn’t even dream of spending upwards of $50,000 on a new car, there are many used Mercedes vehicles that cost more than that, even though they are at least two years old.
In fact, all of the cars that made the list were from 2020, with one exception. There is a single 2022 model in the mix that can be had for just over $30,000. Perhaps this is to m=remind people that they do indeed get what they pay for. Without any further delay, here are the 10 cheapest Mercedes models that money can buy.
10. 2020 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Sedan ($55,000)
There are a number of reasons that you’re likely to fall in love with this particular automobile. For starters, it is a truly solid performer that is capable of delivering all the luxury you could ever want and simultaneously being loads of fun to drive. If you have always loved Mercedes because of the design factor, this car will not leave you disappointed. That’s great news for the Mercedes purists out there who absolutely can’t stand the idea of some of the more affordable modern-day cars that seem to be dialing down on luxury. Yes, even Mercedes has one of those and it made this list. However, this particular car is classic Mercedes in both looks and performance.
Speaking of performance, it has the very same engine that has become almost synonymous with Mercedes, a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s intercooled. It will get you 255 horsepower, enough to make you feel like you’re driving a sports car instead of a sedan. At the same time, it also has excellent handling characteristics, thanks in large part to its responsiveness and rear-wheel drive design. Of course, you can also purchase the car with an available all-wheel drive option. The car also features a massive infotainment touchscreen that has all kinds of custom features. It allows you to make the car “yours” in the sense that each one can truly become one-of-a-kind.
9. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet ($53,950)
You get the same type of handling characteristics here that you would expect out of any Mercedes-Benz, thanks to its rear-wheel drive system. It seems repetitive to say that its handling is capable of taking responsiveness to an entirely different level, but that is in fact the case. As far as the engine is concerned, you guessed it. It's the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that is used in so many Mercedes automobiles, including the one discussed in the above paragraph. Of course, the luxury factor is off the charts. However, that still doesn't capture everything that makes this particular car special.
For starters, it's one of the most strikingly beautiful cars made by the automaker. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's a convertible, either. The truth of the matter is that any person who has the means to purchase one of these would be doing themselves a favor to do exactly that. Even if you're buying one that is a couple of years old, it's still capable of outperforming virtually anything else that you would buy straight off the showroom floor today. It also has more class.
When it's all said and done, it's easy to understand why this is a car that Mercedes aficionados and casual drivers alike absolutely love. As a matter of fact, there's nothing to dislike about this car. It genuinely has everything going for it that you could ever want, often turning people that don't even like to drive into individuals who can't wait to get behind the wheel.
8. 2020 Mercedes C-Class Coupe ($46,945)
The C- Class has been a long-standing favorite from Mercedes for a number of years. There are two different versions, the sedan and the coupe. The sedan will be discussed later on, but the coupe is a car that is capable of getting your attention, even when you're not a car lover. The way that it's designed with its sleek, aerodynamic lines and the fact that it sits low to the ground makes it look like a car that's both fast and super luxurious, all at the same time. The thing that makes it really special is that it doesn't just look the part, it actually is all of these things and so much more.
This is a relatively small car that's designed to enhance your driving experience and take it to the next level. That's accomplished through an automobile that reacts as soon as you give it even the slightest amount of input, all without being touchy in the process. It also has the venerable Mercedes 2.0 liter engine. In this particular case, it's married to a 9-speed transmission that’s capable of producing 255 horsepower without even breaking a sweat. That translates to a whopping 273 foot-pounds of torque that will get you wherever you're going in style.
7. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC ($43,495)
When you think of the 10 most affordable Mercedes in existence, you probably didn't think an SUV would make the list. Then again, you probably didn't think about a coupe making the list until you read the above paragraph. In this particular case, you have a compact SUV that has a decent amount of cargo space, just over 18 cubic feet. If you want more, you can fold the rear seats down and it will give you approximately 49 cubic feet. With that, you also get an SUV that drives more like a sports car. It has the same engine as all of the other vehicles that have been discussed thus far and it even produces the same amount of horsepower.
A couple of things that this car offers that aren't always so plentiful on SUVs includes acceleration that's almost instantaneous. The car never feels like it's struggling to get where it's going, either. When you're trying to merge into heavy traffic, you have the power at your fingertips to put the vehicle where you need it to be exactly when you need it, not several seconds later. That can make all the difference in your driving experience, not to mention your safety. The car also offers better breaking and more responsive handling than most of the other SUVs out there. All things considered, it's a real bargain at this price.
6. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan ($42,395)
This is the C-Class Coupe’s cousin. It definitely looks like a sedan with its four doors, but if you were driving it you would probably still think you're behind the wheel of a sports car. Thanks to its 255 horsepower engine, it definitely doesn't lack power. That being said, it's also the epitome of luxury in every sense of the word.
That includes an infotainment display that is more than 10 inches in size, making it one of the largest screens available. It also has dual climate control, heated seats and remote start. Just in case you're wondering, those heated seats can also be cooled for the warmer months, as can the steering wheel.
5. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA ($37,645)
It might be hard to believe now, but there was a time when the CLA class didn't have the best reputation in the world. Originally, Mercedes had designed it to be a way that people could purchase a Mercedes without spending the type of money that was typically required in order to own one. Everyone thought that it would be a great starter car for the Mercedes brand, if you will. Unfortunately, what became reality was a car that didn't have much to offer in the way of interior design. To make matters even worse, the handling was stiff and unresponsive, culminating in a ride that was so bumpy it could practically beat all the fillings right out of your teeth.
It didn't take long for Mercedes to figure out that if the car was going to have any hope of a future, they were going to have to do a massive redesign of the entire automobile. They did exactly that. Today, the car has the same smooth-as-glass ride and luxurious interior as any other Mercedes. It's also powered by the same engine that powers virtually all of their vehicles. That definitely caused it to go up in price, but it's still economical enough that it made the list.
4. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB ($37,595)
There are a few things about this particular compact SUV that some people may not like. For instance, it is a departure from the standard engine that Mercedes uses in almost every vehicle they make. The engine in this vehicle is smaller and that results in less horsepower. In this particular case, it only has 221 horsepower. That's considerably less than most of the other vehicles the company sells. When you're talking about an SUV, that can mean performance that isn't terribly inspired. It's especially noticeable when you're trying to accelerate from a standstill, as it takes a considerable amount of time for the car to find its footing.
It also has less cargo space by virtue of the fact that it's considerably smaller. However, it does have a few things that people really like, mainly with regard to interior features. In fact, it actually has two separate infotainment displays, each of them 7 inches in size. It also features dual zone climate control and no less than five USB ports positioned strategically throughout the vehicle. Just in case you're curious, you can fit a third row of seats into the vehicle, but only if you plan on using it for small children.
3. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA ($35,245)
Surprisingly, this is actually the smallest SUV made by Mercedes. That being said, you shouldn't let its small size sway your opinion, at least not until you drive one for yourself. It's true, it has less horsepower than most of the other vehicles made by Mercedes. The engine creates 208 horses and 258 foot-pounds of torque. That may not sound like much, but the car doesn't weigh very much, either. As a result, it's more than capable of getting you wherever you want to go without making you feel like you're driving something that's boring you to tears.
Even though it's small, it also has a respectable amount of cargo space and legroom, more than you would think. The truth is, it's a responsive vehicle that's a lot of fun to drive and it doesn't take up a lot of space in the driveway. It also gets remarkably good gas mileage, about 38 miles per gallon.
2. 2022 Mercedes-Benz A220 ($33,950)
For a small car at an entry-level price, this Mercedes has a lot to offer. It's well-designed and has virtually all of the same bells and whistles on the interior that you would expect from any Mercedes. That includes the latest infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, synthetic seats that are both heated and cooled and updated trim that will help the car look like it just rolled off the showroom floor for a number of years.
If you have anything to complain about where this car is concerned, it's the fact that the engine only produces about 188 horsepower. The car is also rather heavy, weighing more than 3,000 pounds. Obviously, that is going to have a negative impact on fuel economy. As such, this particular car only gets about 29 miles per gallon. If that's something you can live with, then you probably won't mind the drop in horsepower, as the car is small enough and agile enough to get where it needs to go with relative ease.
1. 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class ($33,795)
The car doesn't necessarily have a great deal of power when compared to other Mercedes vehicles, coming in at just 188 horsepower. However, it also costs less than every other Mercedes on the market. This particular price listing may be for the 2020 model, but the same thing still holds true for the latest models available.
If you're looking for a Mercedes but you don't want to spend a ton of money on one, this is a good place to start. The car is responsive and agile enough that you probably won't notice the drop in horsepower all that much. It also offers the latest technology and safety systems. The only real difference is that the ride isn't quite as smooth as you might expect with some of the more expensive cars produced by the automaker. All in all, it's a trade-off that's more than fair.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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