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

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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
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2-Door Convertible 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLK-Class 2-Door Convertible 3.5L 17 25 $52,173 $56,100
CLK-Class 2-Door Convertible 5.5L 15 21 $60,264 $64,800
CLK-Class 2-Door Coupe 3.5L 17 25 $44,733 $48,100
CLK-Class 2-Door Coupe 5.5L 15 22 $52,824 $56,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,020
$52,173
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,500
$56,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$725 / month
$935 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is awash in expensive luxury and complex engineering.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 46.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 53.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 36.3
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 48.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.1
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 30.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.2 81.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.6 183.2
Height, Overall (in)
54.5 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 58.0
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 106.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 58.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.0 8.6 (5.4 w/top down)
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.1 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P245/40R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 3845
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 268 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-Arm Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Pivot Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA 3-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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