2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Road Test Specs

2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

(3.2L V6 Supercharger 5-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2002
MakeMercedes-Benz
ModelC32 AMG
StyleC32 AMG 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A)
Base MSRP$50,545
As-tested MSRP$52,185
Drivetrain
Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)349 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)332 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent three-link with coil springs
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink with geometry for antilift
Steering typeRack-and-pinion with power assist
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero Rosso
Tire size, front245/40ZR17
Tire size, rear245/40ZR17
Brakes, frontAMG-enhanced four-wheel disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)3.7
0-60 mph (sec.)5.4
0-75 mph (sec.)7.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 105.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)35.3
Sound level @ idle (dB)51
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)77
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWe got our best number on the second attempt with the traction control switched off while trying to use a torque-brake start. We could not get the transmission to stall because just above 2,100 rpm, the passenger side tire started to spin so that the tranmission never did stall. We decided to get the rpm up to 1,500 which was the point at which you could hear the supercharger come up on boost and then back off 100 rpm and try to soft-launch it. Even with a softer launch we were not able to get the times as well as when we spun the tires noticably coming off the line on the second run. The transmission shifted just above red line with solid, crisp shifts but did not allow manual shifting, as it would just shift for you ignoring your desires to shift at a higher rpm. Still with shifting this good, who needs a manual shifter? Our only disappointment was not matching Mercedes' published times.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsOur shortest braking distance came on the fifth run, and it took until the sixth run for the number to increase, showing that not only was fade not an issue, but that the brakes worked better after repeated use. Under braking, you would get a very slight rumble noise from the ABS system accompanied by a slight vibration in the steering wheel and pedal, but nothing to cause concern. We experienced no noticable nose dive, which in turn contributed to the arrow-straight stablity, and excellent overall system feel.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsWe had nothing but praise for the C32 AMG on our handling course. Notes included statements like "excellent balance, no body roll, awesome tire stick and an excellent rack-and-pinion steering system." The steering showed the difference between the C32 and the SLK32, which proved that the SLK32 could really use the upgrade to this type of steering. The torque-enhanced supercharged engine was able to take full advantage of the wonderful chassis balance, which in turn allowed us to use a very controlled point-and-squeeze technique for driving the car through the cones. This car produced some of the fastest times through the cones we have ever generated. Who would have ever thought that a Mercedes-Benz could have equal or better balance than a BMW M3? It does! — Neil G. Chirico
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)65
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 17/22 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)14
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,540
Length (in.)178.3
Width (in.)68
Height (in.)55.1
Wheelbase (in.)106.9
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)33
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenance4 years / 50,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake Assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverN/A
NHTSA crash test, passengerN/A
NHTSA crash test, side frontN/A
NHTSA crash test, side rearN/A
NHTSA rollover resistanceN/A

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