1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 Sedan

    C220 Sedan

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      2.2L I4
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Sedan

    C280 Sedan

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      2.8L I6
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C360 Sedan

    C360 Sedan

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      3.6L I6
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Luxury sedan with classic lines and solid performance.

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The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers varying levels of performance depending on the consumer’s desires and offers three models, which includes a contemporary design with traditional flair. The C220 and C280 are more economical, though both offer excellent performance for the price. Equipped with a 2.2-liter V-4, the C220 gets the best gas mileage; although for some, the C280’s 2.8-liter V-6 might be worth the upgrade. It also includes a few upgrades to the standard package including eight-speaker Bose audio system and power driver and passenger seats.

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG is designed for performance, equipped with a hefty 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and fatter rear tires. The cost is a little higher, though may be worth it as it performs as well as the competition at a lower sticker price.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 3.6-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C220, Mercedes-Benz C280, Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

What's New

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class come equipped with new features that include infrared remote security system, delayed headlight switch-off system, two cup holders in the console, and several revamped option packages.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class emphasizes class and style, keeping much of its traditional design features yet sporting a contemporary look. Smaller to the E-Class, the sedan includes 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, and an assortment of traditional exterior colors.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class include a revised instrument panel and a new climate control panel made of burl walnut wood. Other standard features include cloth seating, power driver’s seat, power windows and door locks, air-conditioning, AM/FM/cassette audio system, driver and passenger front airbags, cruise control, and more.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 can reach speeds of 60 mph in just under nine seconds. The C280 accomplishes this just a little faster, while the C36, equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 is designed for performance and can attain speeds of 60 mph in less than six seconds. Braking and handling are precise on all models, though the lighter C220 seems to possess a bit more agility on the road.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes standard safety equipment such as fog lights, driver and passenger front airbags, and a four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS).

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz C220: 21/27 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C280: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sleek contemporary styling with traditional design cues
  • Many standard features as well as luxury options available

You Won't Like

  • Aftermarket parts and accessories can be expensive
  • Can experience electrical problems over time

Sum Up

Luxury sedan with classic lines and solid performance.

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