Nimble, lightfooted and mroe fun that
its predecessor, the 190E2.6, the C280
is an amazing blend of practicality and
constrained performance. Not quite up
to the standards of its AMG relations,
the C280 nonetheless can MOVE out of
its own way without the long windup
that dogged the 190E family.
The fold down rear seats, four doors,
and seating make you think you're going
to get into a luxoslug, but once behind
the wheel, the combination of the
increased power of the 280 engine,
compled with the adaptive transmission
and a superb electronic stabilization
package make the C280 agile responsive,
and genrally a hoot to drive.
Superb ABS, a brilliant Braking Assist
System, and an Electronic Stability
Program coupled with the superb Auto-
Stick transmission mean this car goes
where you want it predictably,
smoothly, and powerfully.
The tires could be use a litlle more
stickiness in heavy rain or on ice.
The seats, while wonderfully ajustable,
could use a lumbar adjust.