Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 11, 2007

Summary

After 25 years, 6 million cars, and a lot of lessons learned, Mercedes-Benz has gone the extra mile with the new 2008 C-Class to provide American buyers with more room, more style, more standard content, more performance, and more substance in a pretty package at what we expect will be reasonable and competitive prices. If the quality holds up, this should be a winner.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report from Valencia, Spain.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines:228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions:7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Sindelfingen, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment:N/A
Options as tested (MSPR):N/A
Destination charge:N/A
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):N/A
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):258 @ 2400
Transmission:7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:108.7 in.
Length/width/height:180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r:60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle:35.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume:17.6 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3498 lbs.
Tires:P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:17.4 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 11, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-334-9200 - www.mercedes-benz.com