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All-new in 1994, Mercedes' entry-level C-Class sedan was a resounding hit. It has been just the right size for many families, luxuriously equipped and surprisingly sporty to drive. The C-Class was larger and plusher than the 190 model it replaced, and thanks to rounded styling, both handsome and easily mistaken for the more expensive E-Class or even the big S-Class.

All C-Class vehicles were 4-door sedans until 2001, for the 2002 model year.

Year-to-year changes[]

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Discontinued
C220 C230 2007
N/A C36 AMG C43 AMG 2000


There were two models: The C220, powered by a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder, which also competed against cars like the BMW 325i, Audi 90 and Acura Legend; and the C280, the same car with a higher level of equipment and a 2.8-liter 6-cylinder engine, which competed against the Lexus ES 300 and GS 300, Infiniti J30 and BMW 530i.

Both C-Class powerplants had four valves per cylinder, variable intake timing and direct ignition. Both came standard with Mercedes' excellent 4-speed automatic transmission.

Dual airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, digital electronic climate control, power driver's seat, power windows, Bose AM/FM/cassette and central locking were all standard. Mercedes' unique ASR traction control was optional on the C280; a split 60/40 fold-down rear seat was optional on either model, as was leather upholstery.

Mercedes-Benz cars were famous for their quality, durability and high resale value. The C220 and C280 continued this tradition.


The C-Class sedans were essentially unchanged for 1995. The only car to be added to the lineup after the C220 and C280 was a limited-production C36 AMG, which was introduced on February 6, 1995.

Retail prices[]

As of September 22, 1993:

  • $29,900 (1994 Mercedes-Benz C220)
  • $34,900 (1994 Mercedes-Benz C280)

As of August 18, 1994:

  • $30,950 (1995 Mercedes-Benz C220)
  • $36,300 (1995 Mercedes-Benz C280)

As of February 13, 1995:

  • $49,800 (1995 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG)

As of October 11, 1995:

  • $29,900 (1996 Mercedes-Benz C220)
  • $35,250 (1996 Mercedes-Benz C280)
  • $51,000 (1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG)


Video Clips[]


Mercedes Benz C280 4DR Sedan