Compare 2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2014 BMW 3-Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Luxury
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Luxury 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Sport 25 34 $35,712 $38,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 22 31 $36,642 $39,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 24 31 $37,572 $40,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 20 28 $40,967 $44,050
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 27 $42,827 $46,050
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 400 21 29 $45,189 $48,590
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 13 19 $58,590 $63,000
4-Door Sedan RWD AMG C 63 18 25 $59,427 $63,900
4-Door Sedan RWD AMG C 63 S 18 25 $66,867 $71,900
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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 $30,130 $32,750
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 320i 24 36 $30,130 $32,750
4-Door Sedan AWD 320i xDrive 23 35 $31,970 $34,750
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 320i xDrive 23 35 $31,970 $34,750
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 328i 23 35 $34,315 $37,300
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa SULEV 328i 23 35 $34,315 $37,300
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 35 $34,315 $37,300
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 35 $34,315 $37,300
4-Door Sedan RWD 328d 32 45 $35,510 $38,600
4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 22 33 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 328d xDrive 31 43 $37,350 $40,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $38,135 $41,450
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328d xDrive 31 43 $39,515 $42,950
4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 335i 22 32 $39,930 $43,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 22 32 $39,930 $43,400
4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 20 30 $41,770 $45,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 20 30 $41,770 $45,400
4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $45,910 $49,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,712
$30,130
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,400
$32,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$640 / month
$546 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2014 BMW 3-Series retains its sporting heritage, but has grown to become a high-tech, spacious, comfortable, and safe range of vehicles.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55 55.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 40.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.2 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 35.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.3
Length, Overall (in)
184.5 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.8 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
111.8 110.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.6 13
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.3
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)
11.8 11.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 15.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.3 37.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40HR17 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/50VR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3417 3295
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 170
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 900
Engine
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
241 @ 5550 180 @ 5000
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
273 @ 1300 200 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Trans Type
7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.15
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 6.4 (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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