Compare 2015 BMW 3-Series vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class

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4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 320i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 320i 24 36 $30,815 $32,950
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 320i 24 36 $30,815 $32,950
4-Door Sedan AWD 320i xDrive 23 35 $32,655 $34,950
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 320i xDrive 23 35 $32,655 $34,950
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 328i 23 35 $35,000 $37,500
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa SULEV 328i 23 35 $35,000 $37,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 35 $35,000 $37,500
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 35 $35,000 $37,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328d 32 45 $36,380 $39,000
4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,840 $39,500
4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,840 $39,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,840 $39,500
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,840 $39,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328d xDrive 31 43 $38,220 $41,000
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $39,095 $41,950
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328d xDrive 31 43 $40,475 $43,450
4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 335i 21 32 $40,750 $43,750
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 21 32 $40,750 $43,750
4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 20 30 $42,590 $45,750
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 20 30 $42,590 $45,750
4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $46,640 $50,150
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4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Luxury
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Luxury 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Sport 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 22 31 $36,642 $39,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 20 28 $40,967 $44,050
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 27 $42,827 $46,050
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C400 21 29 $45,189 $48,590
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 13 19 $58,590 $63,000
4-Door Sedan RWD AMG C63 18 25 $59,427 $63,900
4-Door Sedan RWD AMG C63 S 18 25 $66,867 $71,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,815
$35,712
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,950
$38,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$549 / month
$640 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that. Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42 41.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 33.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 88.2
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 61.6
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 184.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 60.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 12.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 13
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 35.3
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P245/40HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R02
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 3417
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 150
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 273 @ 1300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 241 @ 5550
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.3 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7.0 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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