2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mercedes‑Benz C‑Class base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    201-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance and handling potential of C55 AMG
  • Interior space
  • Mercedes-Benz reputation

The Bad

  • Price of C55 AMG
  • Fuel economy of C55 AMG

Notable Features of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Three new V-6 engine choices
  • 362-hp V-8 in C55 AMG
  • All-sedan lineup for 2006
  • Luxury and Sport models
  • Five- or seven-speed automatic

2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
For 2005, Luxury editions of Mercedes-Benz's compact C-Class series got new styling that followed the lead of the 2004 C-Class sport sedan. In addition, the 2005 sport sedans displayed AMG appearance touches that were adapted from the high-performance 2004 C32 AMG model.

The only C-Class body style still available for the 2006 model year is the sedan; coupes and wagons have been discontinued. A new group of twin-cam V-6 engines goes into the C-Class: a 201-horsepower 2.5-liter for the C230; a 228-hp 3.0-liter for the C280; and a 268-hp 3.5-liter in the C350.

The 2006 lineup includes the C230 sport sedan, C280 luxury sedan, C350 sport and luxury sedans, and a high-performance C55 AMG sedan with V-8 power. Mercedes-Benz says the C55 AMG can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Active front head restraints that reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries are newly standard.

Each sedan has standard rear-wheel drive. Luxury models can have 4Matic all-wheel drive and a five-speed-automatic transmission. All V-6 models use a seven-speed automatic, but C230 and C350 sport sedans can be equipped with a six-speed-manual gearbox. An AMG-modified five-speed automatic goes into the C55 AMG.


Exterior
C-Class models gained redesigned clear headlamps and revised taillamps for 2005. By using wider rear wheels and tires, the track width was increased. C280 and C350 models get 16-inch wheels, the C230 sport sedan uses 17-inch wheels, and the C55 AMG rides on 18-inch tir...
Vehicle Overview
For 2005, Luxury editions of Mercedes-Benz's compact C-Class series got new styling that followed the lead of the 2004 C-Class sport sedan. In addition, the 2005 sport sedans displayed AMG appearance touches that were adapted from the high-performance 2004 C32 AMG model.

The only C-Class body style still available for the 2006 model year is the sedan; coupes and wagons have been discontinued. A new group of twin-cam V-6 engines goes into the C-Class: a 201-horsepower 2.5-liter for the C230; a 228-hp 3.0-liter for the C280; and a 268-hp 3.5-liter in the C350.

The 2006 lineup includes the C230 sport sedan, C280 luxury sedan, C350 sport and luxury sedans, and a high-performance C55 AMG sedan with V-8 power. Mercedes-Benz says the C55 AMG can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Active front head restraints that reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries are newly standard.

Each sedan has standard rear-wheel drive. Luxury models can have 4Matic all-wheel drive and a five-speed-automatic transmission. All V-6 models use a seven-speed automatic, but C230 and C350 sport sedans can be equipped with a six-speed-manual gearbox. An AMG-modified five-speed automatic goes into the C55 AMG.


Exterior
C-Class models gained redesigned clear headlamps and revised taillamps for 2005. By using wider rear wheels and tires, the track width was increased. C280 and C350 models get 16-inch wheels, the C230 sport sedan uses 17-inch wheels, and the C55 AMG rides on 18-inch tires. Bi-xenon headlamps and a moonroof are available.

The performance-packed C55 AMG has a unique body structure that differentiates it from other C-Class models. The front section has been specially designed to accommodate the V-8 engine. The fenders, hood and grille have been modified, and the front track is wider than usual. Large exhaust pipes give the C55 AMG a distinct sound.


Interior
C-Class sedans seat five occupants. Sport sedans feature aluminum trim in the cabin. Special AMG Nappa leather seats with Alcantara inserts, gearshift buttons on the steering wheel and an AMG instrument cluster are installed in the C55 AMG. Mercedes-Benz's Comand and Tele Aid systems are available in all models.

Under the Hood
Four distinct engines are available in C-Class models. Three new twin-cam V-6 engines with four valves per cylinder are available. A 201-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 goes into the C230. The C280 sedan contains a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, while a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 is installed in C350 sedans. Topping the performance spectrum, the C55 AMG gets a 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 362 hp at 5,750 rpm. A six-speed-manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic with Touch Shift operation can be installed in non-AMG sport sedans. All-wheel-drive sedans use a five-speed automatic.

Safety
Antilock brakes, Mercedes-Benz's Electronic Stability Program, and side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard.


What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Great car with small flaws

by Pete on February 25, 2018

I bought the C280 4-matic with 97K miles and hae 175K on it now, The car has been really relible in general. The drivers arm rest plastic has peeled up, the window switch location is lousy, the radio ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great Style and Bang for your buck

by MB Lover from Arvada, CO on January 27, 2018

This car is a great little car with lots of pep. The six cylinder engine is solid and will run forever. Get the Mercedes Benz experience at the Chevy price. Interior options are progressive and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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