Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Sport 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Luxury 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Sport 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.5L Sport 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,388
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,600
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$527 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 34.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 93.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.86 11.8 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)
11.6 x 1.26 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 36.1
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Steering Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.5 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3560 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
- TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2700 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.66
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 (R2 2.23) 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.46
Trans Order Code
427 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
5-Arm Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
3-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -

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