Compare 2010 BMW 3-Series vs 2010 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2010 BMW 3-Series
2010 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 17 26 $41,400 $45,000
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 17 26 $41,400 $45,000
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 17 26 $47,105 $51,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $33,305 $36,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $33,305 $36,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $35,050 $38,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $35,050 $38,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 17 26 $39,240 $42,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 16 25 $40,985 $44,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $32,340 $35,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $32,340 $35,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,435 $43,950
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 17 26 $37,350 $40,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 17 26 $37,350 $40,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 16 25 $39,190 $42,600
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $32,845 $35,700
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $34,685 $37,700
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $61,685 $67,050
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $53,730 $58,400
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $50,970 $55,400
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4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 18 25 $34,503 $37,100
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD 18 26 $31,248 $33,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $34,503 $37,100
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD 18 26 $31,248 $33,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 17 25 $36,968 $39,750
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 12 19 $53,336 $57,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,400
$34,503
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,000
$37,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$750 / month
$618 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 BMW 3-Series upholds its legacy of superb handling, excellent performance, and high quality, though small rear seats and fussy controls are minor flaws. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.2 88.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.6 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
54.5 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.0 12.4
Brakes
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 - 11.6 x 1.26
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 - 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.1 17.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 - TBD -
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 228 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
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
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 Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5 (2009)

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