2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Road Test Specs

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 7-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
StyleC250 Sport 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A)
Base MSRP$34,800
Options on test vehicleBurl Walnut ($325), Multimedia Package ($2,790 -- includes rearview camera; voice control; COMAND system with hard drive navigation and 7-inch LCD screen with 3D map views; Gracenote album information including album cover art and 10GB music register; in-dash 6-DVD/CD changer and SD card slot; SiriusXM Traffic and Weather), Premium 1 Package ($2,500 -- includes four-way power lumbar support; iPod/MP3 media interface; driver seat memory and power steering column; split-folding rear seats; SiriusXM satellite radio with 6-month service; Harman Kardon surround system; heated front seats), Panorama Sunroof ($1,090), Parktronic With Parking Guidance ($970 -- includes front and rear parking sensors and steering instructions to help guide the vehicle into a parking spot), Lane Tracking Package ($850 -- includes Blind Spot Assist; Lane Keeping Assist), mbrace ($660), Sport Package ($0 -- includes sport suspension, sport body styling, Sport package, Avantgarde line), 18-Inch AMG Wheels ($1,040)
As-tested MSRP$45,900


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,796/110
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.3
Redline (rpm)6,450
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)201 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)229 @ 2,200
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSeven-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.38, II=2.86, III=1.92, IV=1.37, V=1.0, VI=0.82, VII=0.73, FD=3.07


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiSportContact 3
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer
Tire size, front225/40ZR18 92Y
Tire size, rear255/35ZR18 92Y
Wheel size17-by-7.5 inches front -- 17-by-8.5 inches rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.6-inch ventilated cross-drilled steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.8-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3@90.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.2
@ Full throttle (dB)72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsOnce on boost the C250's acceleration is adequate, but it still lacks the punch of the Audi and BMW. Also, the transmission feels behind the times. No shift paddles. No rev-matching. Not in the game.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood feel and performance (beats 328i). Also, more consistent than BMW.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsNon-defeat ESC makes its presence known in both tests. Steering doesn't build confidence as limits approach. Balance, too, isn't spectacular around skid pad. Slalom: Snakes between the cones with good stability (thanks, ESC), but doesn't inspire me to push harder once ESC activates. Safe and consistent and easy, but less "sport" sedan than the others.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)80.9
Relative humidity (%)14.3
Wind (mph, direction)7, head/cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/31 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,428
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,525
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52/48
Length (in.)180.8
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.)35.3
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.)55.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.4


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenance3,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetNot Tested

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