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Compare 2016 BMW 3-Series vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2016 BMW 3-Series
2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan AMG C 63 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan AMG C 63 RWD 18 25 $60,683 $65,250
C-Class 4-Door Sedan AMG C 63 S RWD 18 25 $68,123 $73,250
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 4MATIC 24 31 $38,084 $40,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 24 31 $38,084 $40,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD 25 34 $36,224 $38,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 RWD 25 34 $36,224 $38,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 24 31 $38,084 $40,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD 25 34 $36,224 $38,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350e Luxury RWD N/A N/A $42,306 $45,490
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350e RWD N/A N/A $42,306 $45,490
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 450 AMG 4MATIC 21 29 $47,244 $50,800

2016 BMW 3-Series vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Compare Cars

The BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have something in common--a badge that's among the most respected in the car world. But which one's a better car to buy and drive?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,000
$60,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,150
$65,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$1088 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 BMW 3-Series delivers outstanding performance and comfort in a tastefully understated package. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 35.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42 41.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 40.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 187
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 60.9
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 63.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 12.6
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 14.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 15.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 37
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P265/40ZR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P245/40ZR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 3856
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 18 X 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 18 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 180
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 479 @ 1750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 4.0 L/243
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 469 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 25
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.34
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 2.82
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.89
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 4.0
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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