2015 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2015 BMW 3-Series
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

BMW's home-country rivals, the Mercedes-Benz C Class and Audi A4, remain valid options in the segment, with similar pricing and features, as well as performance.

The C Class will be all-new for 2015 and will become a somewhat larger vehicle.

The most interesting alternative may be the Cadillac ATS, a new American sport-luxury sedan with agile handling, strong engines, and a refined, tech-centric driving environment.

The new Lexus IS sports a sharper look and refined ride, but lacks the BMW's (or the Cadillac's) on-road poise and handling.

Infiniti's new Q50 is an unknown, having yet to hit the market, but its sharp looks and potent powertrains are enticing.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2015 BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that.
7.0
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is powerful, well-equipped luxury sedan that doesn't quite match up to Germany's finest yet.
8.2
The 2015 Audi A4 and S4 sedans are tech-laden, trim, handsome alternatives to the other expected German cars, as well as one very good American one.
8.8
The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.
8.6
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.
MSRP From     
$32,950$34,200$35,500N/A$40,065$38,400
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/APremium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa2.0t PURE RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T PrestigeN/A350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanFrontTrak SedanN/ASedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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