Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2013 BMW 3-Series

2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,876 $35,350
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $33,266 $35,770
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $35,154 $37,800
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 20 28 $36,224 $38,950
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 20 28 $36,605 $39,360
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $38,502 $41,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $40,176 $43,200
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $42,036 $45,200
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $55,614 $59,800
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,967 $62,330
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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 $29,945 $32,550
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 320i 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
4-Door Sedan AWD 320i xDrive 23 35 $31,785 $34,550
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa SULEV 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 18 27 $41,490 $45,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 18 27 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $45,680 $49,650
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 23 33 $49,770 $54,100
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $56,210 $61,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,876
$29,945
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,350
$32,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$589 / month
$543 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense. The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.100
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 96.000
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.700
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 55.100
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.000
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 35.100
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 40.300
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.300
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.500
Length, Overall (in)
180.8 182.500
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.300
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.300
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 110.600
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 17.000
Brakes
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)
- TBD - 11.800 x - TBD -
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)
- TBD - 12.300 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 15.800
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.100
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 - TBD -
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/50R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P225/50R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3319 3295
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
229 @ 2200 - 4300 200 @ 1250 - 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 5500 180 @ 5000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 - TBD -
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
427 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 6.6
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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