Compare 2011 BMW 3-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 BMW 3-Series
2011 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 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
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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 $35,247 $37,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 12 19 $54,126 $58,200

Pricing

Invoice Price

$42,735
$35,247

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$46,450
$37,900

Monthly Payment Estimate

$774 / month
$632 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
7.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.

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Fuel Economy

City

18 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

28 mpg 25 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Sub-Compact Compact

Interior Dimensions

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 55.0

Front Leg Room (in)

41.8 41.7

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 52.3

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 33.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.0 37.1

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

59.1 60.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 4.5

Length, Overall (in)

181.9 182.3

Height, Overall (in)

54.5 56.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.6 60.8

Wheelbase (in)

108.7 108.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.2 69.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.0 12.4

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 - 11.8 x 0.86

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 - 11.6 x 1.26

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.1 17.4

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.0 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 35.5

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.5

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 Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45R17 P225/45R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3825 3737

Wheels

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

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

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

Engine Type

Gas I6 Gas V6

Fuel System

MPI SMPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

28 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

22 20

Transmission

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

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

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.73

Summary

Vehicle Name

BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Body Style

2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan

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 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 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.3 9.3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

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Overall Side Crash Rating

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Side Barrier Rating

--

Side Barrier Rating Driver

--

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

--

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

--

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

--

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

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Rollover Rating

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