Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor Review
In a Class of its own

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 May 2008

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3-series have always been competing with each other. So how does the current incarnation of the junior executive sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the C200 Kompressor, perform as a day-to-day car?  


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has always been a car favoured by those anywhere between their late 20s to early 40s, wanting to own their first ever car with that star badge. Who can blame them, as it is already a traditional sign of success after all. And owning a Mercedes-Benz is also telling people that you’ve made it well in life.

Doesn’t really matter which variant, from the entry-level C180 to the enormous AMG version – there seems to be a C-Class for everyone.

But in recent years, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has seen quite a number of competitions. BMW, Audi, Volvo, Saab and even Volkswagen – every brand has a model to compete in the junior executive sedan league. This, if you were to see it from an economic standpoint, is a lucrative segment in the automotive industry. Everywhere, any price – people are willing to pay and own it.

Now why is this so?

Most executive are, by right, family oriented people - they need a car that’s mature, aesthetically pleasing and most important of all, practical enough for day-to-day use. Of course, it must also carry a badge that can impress – at least there’s something to show off to the office mates and relatives.

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Engine Capacity 1796cc Supercharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Power 184bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 5000rpm
Power to Weight 122.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4581 x 1770 x 1447) mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Turning Circle 5.42 metres
Kerb Weight 1505 kg
Boot Capacity 475 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs