2005 Mercedes C230 Kompressor Sport Sedan Auto Review

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2005 Mercedes C230 Sport Sedan

Smaller sedan serves up ample

Ben Lewis on 03.01.2005

It’s how manufacturers have different that symbolize the brand. Mazda. Even though provide a full-range of vehicles, to the runaway success, and deservedly so, of the RX-7 and Miata MX-5, known as a sports car company.

If wondering if those who plunk the $50k-plus for the AMG model will be having to share the high-end don’t. For 2005, an all-new C55 AMG enjoys a monstrous 5.5-liter V-8 pumps out 362 hp-replacing the C32’s 349 hp V-6-and now features a unique fascia inspired by the sleek CLK

And while the vertebrae-compressing big V-8 is nice, no will be disappointed with the experience of the C230. Power to be supplied by a supercharged (Kompressor, auf and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder cranks out a very respectable 189 This is a sweetheart of an engine, turbine-like smoothness, a very rasp from the exhaust and a willingness to rev.

For those of us who love to shift, a 6-speed manual transmission is a improvement. In the past, Mercedes transmissions have been vague than precise, but a new direct shift-rod instead of the old design brings a newfound A 20-percent shorter lever than last year shifting quicker and cleaner as We’ve also driven the 5-speed automatic transmission, and Mercedes’ Touch Shift control, you’ll still quite a sporting experience.

The C230 Sport also has a new for the corners-and the previous model even that bad. A sport suspension provides settings-much closer to what models receive. The difference is with a significantly more feel at the steering wheel and a ride that is still without being floaty. A track also gives grip and a more roadworthy In sum, the 2004 model was competent, but the added crispness of the makes you really want to out some twisty roads.

A revised cockpit is a fine in your enthusiastic pursuits. The is definitely on sport, with the greeted by a fat, three-spoke wheel with silver control buttons for everything the trip computer and audio to the navigation system, if you pony up the dough. A matching black trim shift lever the athletic image. Behind the is a handsome new instrument layout equal-sized, chrome-ringed speedometer and flanked by smaller gauges. is the jumbo central speedometer, a Mercedes-Benz trademark.

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If you miss the entertainment value of a speedometer needle swiping the gauge, we’d recommend the COMAND system, which you a large 6.5-inch monitor in the console and includes controls for the navigation system as well as which, in our tester’s case, was the 320-watt, 12-speaker Harmon/Kardon surround system.

Also the C230 a better place to be is new color aluminum trim considerably brightens up the interior last year, while the front sport seats a slightly more aggressive the better to hold you in place spirited driving.

Even though the C230 Sport Sedan may be the entry-level of the lineup, it’s still a and that means an impressive of equipment. Standards include climate control with and pollen filter, central with SmartKey (which all remote locking features on the key and uses a nifty infra-red instead of a metal key), heated outside mirrors, front sports seats power height and recline, CD sound system, leather seating inserts, eight including side impact in all four doors and side head protection airbags, AMG kit, 17-inch alloy sport suspension, ABS, ESP control, traction control and

Factor in Mercedes-Benz quality, and a base price of just $30,000-and the C230 Kompressor Sedan boasts tremendous Our admittedly well-loaded tester, included the DVD navigation system, package, and Harmon/Kardon sound was just under $36,000 destination.

If you like the C-Class, but the Sport Sedan isn’t cup of tea, it’s worth at the rest of the family. Those more power can opt for the C320, a 215-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6, with the monster V-8, C55 AMG There are also the V-6 powered and C320 luxury sedans and the luxury wagon, all available Mercedes’ grippy 4Matic drive. With this variety, it should be easy to a C-Class that meets needs, especially since all the enjoy numerous upgrades and out for ’05.

Always a very nice the 2005 C230 Kompressor Sedan is an affordable sport to covet, fully deserving of its own at the luxury sport table.

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Mercedes-Benz C 200 K W20
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