Compare 2013 BMW 3-Series vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2013 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 23 33 $49,770 $54,100
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $56,210 $61,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 18 27 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 18 27 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i RWD 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i xDrive AWD 23 35 $31,785 $34,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa SULEV 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $45,680 $49,650
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,525 $69,050
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
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2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD 21 31 $35,154 $37,800
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 4MATIC 19 28 $42,036 $45,200
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 RWD 19 28 $40,176 $43,200
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $57,967 $62,330
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Luxury RWD 21 31 $33,266 $35,770
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD 21 31 $32,876 $35,350
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 20 28 $36,605 $39,360
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 20 28 $36,224 $38,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 20 29 $38,502 $41,400
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $55,614 $59,800

Pricing

Invoice Price

$44,070
$35,154

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$47,900
$37,800

Monthly Payment Estimate

$798 / month
$630 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
8.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect. For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

18 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 31 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.300 54.0

Passenger Volume (ft³)

84.200 81.0

Second Head Room (in)

36.500 35.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49.300 50.3

Front Leg Room (in)

42.000 - TBD -

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

32.000 - TBD -

Front Head Room (in)

38.000 37.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

59.100 - TBD -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.400 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

181.900 180.7

Height, Overall (in)

54.500 54.8

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.600 - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

108.700 108.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.500 69.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.000 - TBD -

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)

11.800 x - TBD - - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.300 x - TBD - - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.100 17.4

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.000 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.100 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

225/45R17 P225/45R17

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

225/45R17 P245/40R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3825 3419

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum 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 229 @ 2200 - 4300

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

3.0L/183 1.8L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

230 @ 6500 201 @ 5500

Engine Type

Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 31

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 21

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

21 25

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.700 1.92

Trans Type

6 7

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.000 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.940 3.42/2.23

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.460 2.86

Trans Order Code

ZMT 427

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.230 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.230 1.37

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.850 0.82

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.320 4.38

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.73

Summary

Vehicle Name

BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Body Style

Convertible 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

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

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

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 (2012) 6

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

8.7 7.5

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

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

Rollover Rating

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