Compare 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class
2008 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Coupe 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 3.5L 17 25 $44,733 $48,100
2-Door Cabriolet 3.5L 17 25 $52,173 $56,100
2-Door Coupe 5.5L 15 22 $52,824 $56,800
2-Door Cabriolet 5.5L 15 21 $60,264 $64,800
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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
$44,733
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,100
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$802 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is awash in expensive luxury and complex engineering. 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
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
45.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 55.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.8 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.2 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
183.2 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.0 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.4 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
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)
11.4 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.3 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3585 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
SMPI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.66
Trans Type
7 6
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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 -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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