Compare 2011 BMW 5-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 BMW 5-Series
2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Sport 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Luxury 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,445
$31,611
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,050
$33,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$751 / month
$567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 88.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
116.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 4.1
Length, Overall (in)
193.1 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 56.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14 12.4
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.4 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.9 11.8 x 0.86
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 2600-3000 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
N52 NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6600 228 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.78
Trans Order Code
205 411
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.07
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.25
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 5.10
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.75
Trans Type
8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Integral-V Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
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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