is a reason why Mercedes-Benz has
such a reputation, despite some quality issues that
have cropped up recently. But with the divorce from Chrysler,
we believe things will improve. and we simply loved
the little car that can. The C-Class being the gateway
to the prestigious brand, it is important that this
lesser model is only lesser in size and price.
Starting with its seductive four-eye face, the sleek
automobile has a good aerodynamic behavior. It is very
comfortable; we can’t say enough about the luxurious
support offered by the seats. Safety is always a foremost
concern for the three-pointed star brand, and thanks
to the integration of crash boxes in the front module
made from high-strength steel, you’ll have confidence
hauling around your precious cargo. Speaking of cargo,
the large trunk is quite apt and will make airport
pick-up and drop-off a breeze. We found the turning
and swiveling cup holders to be an especially convenient
feature. And for those who live in a sunny climate,
there is a neat sun shade. However, we prefer the seat
operation buttons not to be in the door but rather,
closer to the seat itself.
tester came with a close-ratio manual transmission
coupled to a capable 268 HP V6 motor. It was pleasure
driving in style for a week, and we were definitely
sad to see this car go. We never ran out of power and
driving was, well, real driving. Sure-footed addicts
can get the optional all-wheel drive version.
Now Benz has upped the ante, and we hear they will
be offering an all-new fourth generation for the 2008
model. If it's anything like its predecessor, it's sure
to be a success.
Four-year/50,000 mile new vehicle warranty.
Price as tested: $40,795
Engine: 3.5-L V-6;
- Torque: 258 lb.-ft.
at 2,400-5,000 rpm
close ratio manual transmission with short throw
Safety: Front and rear outboard
seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters;
dual two stage front airbags; side airbags mounted
in front doors; head protection curtains; active
front head restraints; steel reinforced cabin
with front and rear crumple zones; lower anchors
and tethers for children
Top Speed: n/a
Acceleration: 0-60 in 6.1 sec.
perforated and ventilated disc (F), 11.4 Solid
Disc (R); four-wheel ABS disc brakes with Brake
Fuel Economy: 20
sport multi-function steering wheel, power tilt
and telescoping steering column, light alloy wheels,
high performance tires, sport three-link independent
front suspension with stabilizer bar, sport multi-link
rear suspension with gas pressure dampers