|Premium compact car; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $1,300 – $2,500*|
1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3
1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6
1993 mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3
1993 Mercedes-Benz Limited Edition 190E 2.6
1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 interior
Price has been the biggest drawback of these compact sedans. Even so, except for interior space and high maintenance costs, you can hardly ask for more–though it’s worth trying out a BMW 3-Series and Lexus ES 300 before buying.
Offered in gasoline-engine and diesel form in the 1980s, Mercedes-Benz’s smallest, least-expensive sedan came only with a 6-cylinder gasoline engine in 1990. The 2.6-liter 6-cylinder engine, borrowed from the midsize 260E sedan, developed 158 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard; 4-speed automatic optional. This “Baby Benz” was the only model that offered such a choice in transmissions. Both a driver-side airbag and antilock braking were standard.
Mercedes added a new model called the 190E 2.3. It was powered by a 130 horsepower, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. Also, Mercedes’ traction control, called ASR, was newly optional on the 190E 2.6 with an automatic transmission.
Nothing was new for 1992, apart from a newly available “Sportline” option package.
Mercedes-Benz’s smallest, least-expensive sedan was unchanged for 1993, its final season on the market.