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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Luxury, style, and performance in a sporty package.

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The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Series is one of the most well-known luxury models on the market and for good reason. Every C-Series vehicle boasts is an elegant, well-equipped, high performance car. Almost any feature most drivers can think of is usually available as an option, if not standard equipment. Designed for drivers that do not want to accept compromises, it delivers across the board. For performance, it consists of fast, agile vehicles with excellent acceleration. Each model is fully equipped with almost every safety feature available on the market. In addition, even the most basic vehicle is loaded down with luxury features to improve the driver's comfort.

The downside of the 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Series is price; even the least expensive model is a substantial investment. The high price is part of the reason some drivers view it as a prestigious vehicle. It's not a cost efficient vehicle because most of its features are purely luxury options that are not necessary in terms of overall performance. For many drivers looking to get the most out of their vehicle, it more than justifies the higher cost due to the extra features. Other drivers just looking to get from point A to point B are going to find it overpriced for their needs.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback, sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.6-liter six-cylinder, 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 5.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor, Mercedes-Benz C40 Luxury, Mercedes-Benz C240 Luxury 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz C320, Mercedes-Benz C320 Luxury, Mercedes-Benz C320 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

What's New

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Series received subtle but extensive styling revisions. While none of the changes are extremely noticeable, it's overall an improvement compared to the already-excellent 2004 model styling. A six-speaker CD player is now the standard entertainment system, and a new navigation system has been added as an optional feature. The manual transmission and suspension have had some minor adjustments to improve performance.


The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a far wider range of exterior options than most vehicles. Sedan, hatchback, and wagon bodied models are available, and despite the range in body design, all models are recognizable due to similar overall styling. As expected of a luxury car, the overall build quality is high, and the styling and design are well done.


The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Series comes with hallmark features. The standard equipment on the least expensive C230 Kompressor includes heated power mirrors, one-touch power windows, dual-zone climate control, alloy and leather trim, leather steering wheel, six speakers, a CD player, and comes pre-wired for a phone. Even at entry level, it has more to offer than some vehicles with every optional feature included. On more expensive models, standard features include heated power leather seats, seat and wheel position memory, wood trim, charcoal filters, 12 speakers, a subwoofer, and speed sensitive volume control.

Performance & Handling

Across the board, the 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Series have excellent performance and handling. Even the 1.8-liter, four-cylinder C230 Kompressor manages to squeeze enough power from its engine to have good acceleration and speed. It's an excellent vehicle and very few outside performance-focused sports cars and other luxury cars perform in the same capacity.

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG is an even higher performance model designed by the Mercedes-AMG GmbH (Aufrecht Melcher Gro├časpach) division. The 5.4-liter eight-cylinder engine gives it enough power to rival performance focuses roadsters and sports car without sacrificing the amenities of the more luxury oriented C-Series. While it does not quite have the same speed and maneuverability of a true sports car, it can offer a similar experience while still retaining the larger interior and wider array of luxury features.


The 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is equipped with almost every major safety feature as standard equipment. Standard equipment include dual front and side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, emergency braking assist, engine immobilizer, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the C-Series a four star rating for front collision and five star rating for side collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C240: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C320: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Wide range of available options
  • High quality across all models
  • High end safety features
  • Luxury

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Small back seat

Sum Up

Luxury, style, and performance in a sporty package.

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