Reliable quality from Mercedes-Benz brand
Successful C-Class has high resale value
Smaller C180 motor less responsive
High maintenance costs
Introduction to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes Benz's C-Class is a successful compact executive car produced by this luxury German manufacturer. It was the smallest car in their line-up until the arrival of the A Class here in 2000. The C-Class is by far the most popular model by Mercedes-Benz. It is locally built in East London, and there are a great many for sale on the pre-owned market. The first C-Class cars were introduced here in the mid-1990s, but we will look at the C-Class generation from 2000 to 2007 that came in coupe, sedan, and station wagon formats.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine Specs and Performance
The C240 Elegance, released in 2000, ran a 6-cylinder 2.6L motor that produced 125kW of power, while a 2.7L C270 diesel ran a 5-cylinder motor that also produced 125kW. Also released in 2000 was the C320 Elegance that ran a 6-cylinder 3.2L motor and produced 160kW of power. In 2001, the C32 AMG was released; it produced a massive 260kW from its 6-cylinder 3.2L motor.
In 2002, Mercedes-Benz introduced the C180 that had a 1.8L 4-cylinder petrol motor and produced 105kW. Also released that year was the C200K that ran a similar a 1.8L motor but improved performance to 120kW. The C220 CDi 2.1L diesel motor had power output of 105kW, while the C230K two-door coupe that ran on a 1.8L motor and produced 141kW was also introduced that year.
The above models were discontinued in 2004 when an updated range E-Class car was released, although they mostly continued to run on the same motor specs and formats as the cars listed above.
In 2005, Mercedes-Benz introduced the C230 two-door coupe with its 6-cylinder 2.5L motor that produced 150kW of power, as well as the C280 Elegance, a 6-cylinder 3.0L motorcar producing 170kW of power.
Standard Equipment and Options for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
For safety, there are no compromises with Mercedes-Benz, and a driver airbag was standard on early releases, with passenger airbags following shortly afterwards. ABS and side impact protection were also early standards, with brake assist coming a little later. Traction control was an early optional extra.
The models above came with cruise control, electric windows, air-conditioning, leather seats, alarm, and more as standard issue. Additional extras would include CD changer, electric seats, electric mirrors, glass sunroof, Parktronic park assist, xenon lights, and an Avant-garde and an Elegance pack. A Sports pack was also an additional extra on all models, while the coupe would offer a panoramic roof at an extra cost. The station wagon estate also offered a keyless package as an optional extra.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Competition
All C-Class right-hand drive cars for the global market were being produced here in East London at Daimler-Chrysler's production facility from 2000. The Mercedes Benz C-Class was a world-class motorcar using only the latest technology available globally and even received top-quality awards from the very discerning Japanese market at the time. The C-Class is a dominant player in the local market and the 2000-on generations have experienced phenomenal success. This car will find some competition from the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 range.