2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Road Test Specs

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

(3.5L V6 7-speed Automatic)
Model year2008
StyleC350 Sport 4dr Sedan
Base MSRP$40,325 (est)
As-tested MSRP$44,400 (est)
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeDOHC, 24-valve V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3498cc (213 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)268 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 2400
Transmission type7-speed Automatic
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-dependent rack-and-pinion power steering
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiSport Contact3
Tire typeall season
Tire size, front225/40ZR18 92Y
Tire size, rear255/35ZR18 94Y
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.5 @ 96.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.2
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe best launch was with the traction control shut off, but without brake-torque or wheelspin. Simply "slap 'n go" worked just right with a hint of slip. Upshifts are quick and almost seamless right at redline.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsNoticed some initial idle stroke and booster hiss, but otherwise the brakes are extremely effective and easily modulated.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsBoth the balance and grip are trustworthy and it's easy to find the limits. While there's certainly more information coming from the steering than in the previous-gen C Class, this is by no means a class-leader in terms of feel. Good, just not great.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (F)86.9
Wind (mph, direction)3.1
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City / 27Highway (est)
Edmunds observed (mpg)23 combined average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.4
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,498 mfr (3,592 as tested)
Length (in.)182.3
Width (in.)69.7
Height (in.)56.3
Wheelbase (in.)108.7
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Turning circle (ft.)35.6
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)33.4
Headroom, front (in.)37.1
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.8 (VDA method) 12.5 est. (SAE method)
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Folding seats are optional; no data given
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-start assist, brake drying
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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