2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sports Coupe Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Road Test Specs

2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

(2.3L 4-cyl. Supercharger 6-speed Manual)


Model year2002
StyleC230 Sports Coupe 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Base MSRP$25,595
As-tested MSRP$26,235


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeI4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)192 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)200 @ 2,500
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontCoil springs/gas-pressurized shock absorbers
Suspension, rearIndependent 5-arm multilink
Steering typeRack-and-pinion with power assist
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiSport Contact
Tire size, frontP205/55HR16
Tire size, rearP205/55HR16
Brakes, front4-Wheel ABS Disc Brakes w/Brake Assist

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8@87.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)35.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)77

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsIt took a few runs to get used to the shifter/clutch/rev-limiter situation. The rev-limiter cuts in right after the tachometer-indicated 6,000 rpm redline, making redline shifts a little tricky if you waited just a split second too long. I love the fact that Mercedes-Benz gives you a six-speed manual shifter to use, but the shifter could use some tightening up as it seems to have quite a bit of movement while in gear. The clutch on our tester was catching very low, although the pedal placement seemed high. We had similar concerns with the six-speed in an SLK 320 we tested last year. Also the armrest could be better located so as not to interfere as much when shifting. We got our best times with an aggressive 4,000-rpm launch. With six forward gears to pick from you are shifting rapidly as the little engine revs rather briskly. We did note some rattle type noises while at idle.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBraking was a much more straightforward affair than the acceleration portion of our testing. We got consistent stopping distances over the four runs we took with excellent stability and very little ABS system noise. There was some clicking noise present while in ABS operation, but it was not intrusive at all. The overall operation of this system is the goal others should aim for, because it is that good. We got our best sixty to zero distance on the third run, with less than two feet difference between all four runs. Our best thirty to zero effort was on the second run. We also noted that Mercedes-Benz has done a great job engineering in anti-dive technology, because we had virtually no nose dive.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsBeing the lightest and shortest version of the C-Class we figured it would post the best times through the slalom and it did. This car is downright fun with solid performance from every area and slicing through the cones was no different. With precise steering and good body control the times were very consistent from run to run. We got our best effort with the ESP switched off, utilizing third gear for all of our runs. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)74
Wind (mph, direction)1-2 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 21/28 Manual 19/29
Edmunds observed (mpg)20
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3305
Length (in.)171
Width (in.)68
Height (in.)54.3
Wheelbase (in.)106.9
Legroom, front (in.)42
Legroom, rear (in.)33
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.3
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)38


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 year / 50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemTeleAid
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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