2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: A Worthy Successor

2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hatchback - Consumer Review

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A Worthy Successor
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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Sports Coupe 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


I drove a VW Scirocco for 11 years, partly because I could not find a suitable replacement. The Scirocco has been gone for 7 years and I think I've finally found its worthy successor. I wanted a Teutonic vehicle comparable to the Scriocco, plus a bit more: equal utility & performance, less interior cabin noise (NVH), slightly more back seat head & leg room. Plus good vehicle safety systems (head/side airbags, ABS, etc). The other cars on my short list were the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 325i Wagon, and the VW GTI. Each had their pros/cons. But I found that the C230 was "rightsized" for me - not too big, not too small, and because I skipped buying all but two options, a good value.

Best Features

My favorite feature would have to be the lack of any strong weaknesses.

Worst Features

1. Rear Wiper 2. Less costly options 3. A better designed coin tray 4. A better location for the cigarette lighter (power for the radar detector). 5. Better control of cabin temperature up/down (face vs. feet).
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