Mercedes-Benz has been producing the C-Class, a series of compact luxury sedans, since 1993. This series replaced the 190 line-up, and it is the second smallest series manufactured by Mercedes. As of 2010, it had gone through three generations of design, launched in 1993, 2005 and 2008. The C220 was only available until 1996, when it was replaced by the C230.
Engine and Fuel
The C220 carried a 2.2-litre Inline 4 engine -- with four cylinders in a row -- along with 148 horsepower and 155 foot pounds of torque. Its bore by stroke was 3.54 by 3.41 inches, and its compression ratio was 9:8:1. Bore is the diameter of the cylinder where the piston moves; stroke is the length of the piston's movement; and the compression ratio is the ratio of the volume at different points in the piston's stroke. The transmission for this vehicle was a four-speed automatic.
With a tank that held 16.4 gallons, the C220 achieved an average fuel efficiency of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
This four-door sedan weighed 1429 Kilogram and had a wheelbase of 105.9 inches. It was 177.4 inches long, 67.7 inches wide and 56.1 inches tall. Its front track -- the distance between its front tires -- was 58.8 inches, and its rear track was 57.6 inches. The smallest circle it could turn had a 35.2-foot diameter, and it used 195/65R15 tires.
Able to seat five passengers, the C220 offered 37.2 inches of front headroom, 37 inches of rear headroom, 41.5 inches of front legroom, 32.8 inches of rear legroom, 54.6 inches of front shoulder room, 54.3 inches of rear shoulder room, 52.8 inches of front hip room, and 53.9 inches of rear hip room.
Standard features included air conditioning, cruise control and a cassette player.
According to The Auto Channel, the C220 could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 10.2 seconds, and it could reach a quarter mile in 18.2 seconds.