The 1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class often gets regarded as the entry-level vehicle for the luxury manufacturer. Boasting high performance, excellent build quality, and a luxurious interior, the C-Class offers all the trademarks of Mercedes-Benz for a lower price. The Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG gets its design from the high-performance-oriented 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 C43 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 competition in the near-luxury sedan market, which tends to be a little less expensive. It gets more expensive with optional equipment added. The C-Class still comes at a good value for what it offers; it just falls into a highly competitive segment of the market.
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 C43 AMG
The 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine in the Mercedes-Benz C230 gets replaced by a supercharged version of the same engine. This change fixes the weaker power issues associated with previous years’ models. Leather seating now comes standard for all C-Class vehicles this model year.
The 1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class provides the market with a European-styled sedan. The overall aesthetic looks angular with just enough curves to avoid appearing boxy. Alloy wheels are standard, along with power heated mirrors and keyless entry. Metallic paint provides an optional feature as does a power moonroof and auto-dimming mirrors.
Even on the lowest-price Mercedes-Benz C230 model, the 1999 C-Class’ interior looks far better than most sedans on the market. A power driver’s seat, cruise control, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, leather trim, leather seating, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player come standard on the 1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A CD player, a CD changer, an anti-theft system, a power passenger seat, a cellular phone, and a telescopic steering wheel remain available as optional features.
Performance & Handling
The entire 1999 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 C43 AMG provide faster acceleration and better top speeds. The supercharged engine installed in the C230 brings its acceleration more in line with the larger engine C-Class models. It still does not move as quickly as the C280 and C43 AMG do, but it gets noticeably faster than the 1998 C230. The C43 AMG, similar to most AMG models, offers performance that approaches sports car levels.
All 1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models come equipped with dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard safety equipment. Its high acceleration and excellent maneuverability also allows the C-Class to escape accidents that would be unavoidable for other vehicles.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.3-liter four-cylinder: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.8-liter six-cylinder: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3.6-liter six-cylinder: 16/21 mpg city/highway
- Excellent performance
- Excellent construction
- Interior almost as elegant as a true luxury sedan
You Won't Like
- Higher price tag than competitors
The quick and luxurious C-Class continues to impress.
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