Close Up of Steering Wheel in a 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with Paddle Shifters

How-To Guide to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters

How To Use the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Paddle Shifters

When you slide into the driver’s seat of a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz C-Class at Autos of Dallas, it is important to know the ins and outs of your automotive masterpiece. Armed with a nine-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Mercedes-Benz DYNAMIC SELECT® drive modes, you can tailor performance to fit your driving style. If you are new to the Mercedes-Benz brand, this step-by-step guide and video will help you learn how to use the Mercedes-Benz C-Class paddle shifters – a skill that will translate to the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Visit the Autos of Dallas inventory today to find a pre-owned luxury vehicle to fit your lifestyle and budget!

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Step-By-Step Guide to Mercedes-Benz Paddle Shifters

Close Up of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Left Paddle Shifter


  1. Shift Your Mercedes-Benz C-Class into DRIVE 
  2. Pull Left or Right Paddle Shifter to Activate Manual Shift Mode 
  3. Pull the Left Paddle Shifter to Downshift 
  4. Pull the Right Paddle Shifter to Upshift 
  5. Current Gear Will Display on the Multi-Information Display 
  6. To Deactivate Pull/Hold the Right Paddle Shifter or Use the DIRECT SHIFT® Lever
Close Up of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Right Paddle Shifter