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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.3L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.8L 21 27 $30,800 $35,400
4-Door Sedan 2.3L 23 30 $26,490 $30,450
4-Door Sedan 4.3L AMG 17 22 $45,890 $52,750
528IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 528i 20 28 $34,590 $38,900
4-Door Sedan 6-Speed Manual 540i 15 24 $46,775 $53,300
4-Door Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 540iA 18 24 $44,325 $50,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic 528iA 18 26 $34,590 $38,900
4-Door Protection Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 540ip 18 24 $84,465 $88,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,490
$34,590
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,450
$38,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$648 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 41.7
Front Hip Room (in) 50.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 32.8 34.2
Front Head Room (in) 37.2 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88 92.5
Second Hip Room (in) 55.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.7 56.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.1 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.6 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 105.9 111.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 59.0 59.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 188.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.9 11.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.35 11.7 x 0.79
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x 0.47 11.7 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel, 4-Channel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Recirculating ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.85 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.2 37.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P225/60R15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 205/60R15 P225/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 205/60R15 P225/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3505
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 162 @ 4000 206 @ 3950
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.3L/140 2.8L/170
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 147 @ 5500 190 @ 5300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.93 2.86
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.49 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.10 (1.90 Winter Mode) 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.41 1.62
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.27 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Four-link
 
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