The 2006 Mercedes Benz C230 offers young drivers a way to join the exclusive Mercedes-Benz family without spending an arm and a leg. Although priced slightly higher than similarly equipped models from Audi, Infiniti, Saab, Cadillac and Lexus, the C-Class can certainly match these vehicles in the areas of luxury, performance and value. The availability of a slick-shifting six-speed manual with the C230 and C350 Sport trims is a must for the driving enthusiast and is offered as a no-charge alternative to the seven-speed automatic. Those not concerned by such matters will find much to like in the C-Class, including a number of desirable features such as the 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a new Flex-Fuel V6 capable of running on E85 or gasoline.
The Mercedes Benz C230 comes only in sedan body style and features a group of twin-cam V-6 engines: a 201-horsepower 2.5-liter for the C230, a 228-hp 3.0-liter for the C280, and a 268-hp 3.5-liter in the C350.
The 2007 lineup includes the C230 sport sedan, C280 luxury sedan, and C350 sport and luxury sedans. Active front head restraints that reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries are standard.
Each sedan has standard rear-wheel drive. Luxury models can have 4Matic all-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission. All V-6 models use a seven-speed automatic, but C230 and C350 sport sedans can be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
C-Class models gained redesigned clear headlamps and revised taillamps for 2005. Sport and Luxury models get new, exclusive wheel designs. Bi-xenon headlamps and a moonroof are available.
2006 Mercedes Benz C230 sedans seat five occupants. Sport sedans feature bird’s-eye maple interior trim. Mercedes-Benz’s Comand and Tele Aid systems are available in all models.
Under the Hood
Three twin-cam V-6 engines with four valves per cylinder are available in C-Class models. The C230 becomes a flexible fuel vehicle, meaning it can run on either E85 or regular gasoline. The C280 sedan has a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, while a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 is installed in C350 sedans. A six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automa…
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