Compare 2018 BMW 3-Series vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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320i Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 320i Sedan 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i Sedan South Africa 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 328d Sedan 31 43 $39,330 $41,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sedan 30 40 $41,190 $43,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sports Wagon 30 40 $43,420 $46,150
3 Series 330e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid N/A N/A $42,910 $45,600
3 Series 330i Sedan 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i Sedan South Africa 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Gran Turismo 23 33 $42,395 $45,050
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sports Wagon 23 33 $42,025 $44,650
3 Series 340i Sedan 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i Sedan South Africa 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Gran Turismo 20 29 $47,835 $50,900
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan South Africa 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
M3 CS Sedan 16 22 $91,875 $98,250
M3 Sedan 17 25 $62,345 $66,500
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AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible 19 26 $56,544 $60,800
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 20 27 $51,987 $55,900
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 20 27 $49,662 $53,400
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 22 $68,355 $73,500
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 23 $62,775 $67,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 22 $75,795 $81,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 23 $70,215 $75,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 18 24 $68,541 $73,700
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 18 24 $61,473 $66,100
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 29 $49,476 $53,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 22 30 $42,036 $45,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 23 32 $39,293 $42,250
C-Class C 300 Convertible 22 29 $47,616 $51,200
C-Class C 300 Coupe 22 30 $40,176 $43,200
C-Class C 300 Sedan 24 33 $37,433 $40,250
C-Class C 350e Sedan N/A N/A $44,547 $47,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,955
$56,544
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$60,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$1013 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions. Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Front Leg Room (in)
42 42
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 51.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 32
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 62.1
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 184.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 8.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 12.6
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 14.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 4145
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 384 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 3.0 L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 362 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 2.25
Trans Type
8 9
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.86
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 4.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.24
Trans Order Code
205 421
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.64
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.72
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 5.35
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4MATIC Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 8.0
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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