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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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.
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.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.
The 2015 Infiniti Q50 continues as a more luxurious successor to the fabled G sedan, although in some forms it loses part of the enthusiast flavor of that model.
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     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/APremium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsN/AMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T PrestigeN/A4-Door Sedan RWD350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan C300 Luxury RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanN/ASedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD