Compare 2012 BMW 3-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 BMW 3-Series
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,110
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 88.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 180.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 17.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3406 3319
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.5
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
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 1250 - 4800 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 201 @ 5500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.42/2.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
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
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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