1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Sedan

    C230 Sedan

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      2.3L I4
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  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Sedan

    C280 Sedan

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      2.8L I6
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  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C360 Sedan

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      3.6L I6
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1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

High quality, good performance, and luxury.

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The 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class often gets regarded as the entry-level vehicle from the luxury manufacturer. Boasting high performance, excellent build quality, and a luxurious interior, the C-Class offers all of the trademarks of Mercedes-Benz for a lower price.

The Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG provides the high-performance version from the AMG brand. The 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine augments the already impressive performance of the C-Class very nicely. The acceleration and top speed of the C36 AMG allows it to perform more like a sports car than the rest of the C-Class.

The only major issue with the C-Class concerns its price in comparison to other options in the near-luxury sedan market. It is not that much more expensive, but noticeable, especially after adding optional equipment. The C-Class still offers a good value overall; it just falls into a highly competitive segment of the market.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 3.6-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C230, Mercedes-Benz C280, Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

What's New

The Mercedes-Benz C230 replaces the C220. Mercedes redesigns the headlamps, and the engine power of the C36 AMG increases.


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a European-style sedan. The overall aesthetic looks angular with just enough curves to avoid appearing boxy. Alloy wheels, a power moonroof, and an anti-theft system come standard while metallic paint remains available as an optional feature.


Even on the lowest price Mercedes-Benz C230, the interior of the C-Class rises far above that of most sedans on the market. A power driver’s seat, power heated mirrors, cruise control, automatic climate control, leather trim, and a cassette player comprise the standard equipment. A CD player, a CD changer, leather seating, a power passenger seat, auto-dimming mirrors, Bose audio, a cellular phone, and a telescopic steering wheel provide optional features.

Performance & Handling

The entire 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class consists of agile, powerful vehicles that accelerate quickly and maneuver effectively. The more-powerful engines on the Mercedes-Benz C280 and C36 AMG provide faster acceleration and better top speeds, but the C230 still offers better acceleration than most other vehicles on the road. The C36 AMG, similar to most AMG models, offers performance that approaches sports car levels.


All 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models come equipped with dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard equipment. The high acceleration and excellent maneuverability also allows a C-Class vehicle to escape accidents that would be unavoidable for other vehicles.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.3-liter four-cylinder: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.8-liter six-cylinder: 18/24 mpg city/highway Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3.6-liter six-cylinder: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent construction
  • Elegant interior

You Won't Like

  • Higher price tag than competitors

Sum Up

High quality, good performance, and luxury.

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