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Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - C-Class - 190E sedan

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Mercedes-Benz logo18 Jun 2003

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

AUDI 80 4D SEDAN (1992-1995)
FRONT-wheel drive mated to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual, the 80 is a solid, affordable alternative. Like the Benz, it suffers from high gearing, giving sluggish city performance, but also is sturdily built, goes well on the highway and still looks modern. Air-con and central locking are standard.

BMW E30 320i 4D SEDAN (1988-1990)
THE 2.0-litre, straight six cylinder engine drives the rear wheels through a four-speed auto or five-speed manual. More responsive than the other German cars with great handling and brakes, while equalling them in the build quality and cramped rear seat stakes.

JAGUAR XJ6 4D SEDAN (1987-1992)
WELL proven straight six, 3.6-litre engine driving the rear wheels through a four-speed auto. Traditional British luxury - leather trim, walnut dash. Good performance, great ride comfort but notorious for unreliability. Anti-lock brakes, air- conditioning, central locking and power steering are standard.

TOYOTA CRESSIDA 4D SEDAN (1990-1993)
TOP of the Toyota range until replaced by the Lexus. Powerful 3.0-litre, twin cam straight six drives the rear wheels through a four-speed auto. Quiet and smooth with ABS, climate control, alloy wheels, cruise control, radio/cassette/CD player, central locking and leather trim. Good value.

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