2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 vs. 2017 Cadillac ATS

2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300

2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300

2017 Cadillac ATS

2017 Cadillac ATS

The 2017 Cadillac ATS is clearly hoping to step into the shoes of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but all it really does is hide in its shadow. Whether considering power, technology, or overall refinement, you’ll be troubled by the insidious suspicion that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 does things better, and you’ll be right.

Power and Performance

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 naturally outpaces the 2017 Cadillac in terms of pure muscle, with engines including:

  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.0L V6: Makes up to 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.
  • 4.0L V8: Makes up to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft.

The 2017 Cadillac ATS delivers two engine options and maxes out at an uninspiring 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. It also fails to draw upon the world-class performance features of the Mercedes-Benz, including AGILITY CONTROL®®, available AIRMATIC®® Suspension, and Torque Vectoring Brake.


Cadillac doesn’t boast quite the same pedigree as Mercedes-Benz, and the 2017 Cadillac ATS cabin never feels quite as plush or polished as that of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300. The Mercedes-Benz provides a 14-way power driver’s seat in place of the Cadillac’s six-way seat, plus a genuine wood trim as standard.

If you’re thinking the new C-Class pushes luxury at the expense of practicality, think again. With up to 10.4 cubic feet in the trunk vs 12.6 cubic feet with the Mercedes-Benz C 300, the Cadillac isn’t quite as spacious, and its 60/40-split folding rear seat is less versatile than the 40/20/40-split folding rear seats of the Mercedes-Benz.


It’s common for denizens of the luxury sedan segment to skip through safety features in favor of engine outputs and comfort features, so plenty fail to recognize just how many protection technologies the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 is able to provide as standard.

Just a few of the vehicle’s cutting-edge safety features include:

  • Crosswind Assist
  • 3-Point seat belts with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters.

None of these are available with the 2017 Cadillac ATS.

The Cadillac ATS Falls Far Short of Mercedes-Benz C 300 Standards

The 2017 Cadillac ATS tries its best, but only a miracle could significantly shorten the gap that exists between it and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300. Mercedes-Benz of Boerne is just a short drive from Kerrville and Fredericksburg, so don’t hesitate to visit for a closer look. You can also contact us directly or apply for financing right away using our handy online form.