Compare 1997 BMW 5-Series vs 1997 Mercedes-Benz C Class

1997 BMW 5-Series
1997 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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528I 4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 528I 4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $34,490 $38,900
5 Series 528IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $34,490 $38,900
5 Series 540I 4-Door Sedan 6-Speed Manual 15 24 $45,840 $52,350
5 Series 540IA 4-Door Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 18 24 $43,700 $49,900
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4-Door Sedan 2.3L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 2.3L 23 30 $26,490 $30,450
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 2.8L 20 27 $30,800 $35,400
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.6L AMG 18 24 $45,170 $51,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,490
$26,490
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,900
$30,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$648 / month
$508 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.8
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 32.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 37.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.5 89.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.8 54.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 57.6
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 105.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 58.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.0 177.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.1 11.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 0.79 10.2 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 0.87 11.2 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4 Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 35.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Recirculating Ball
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.8 15.85
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P225/60R15 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R15 195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3450 3195
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 Full-Size
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90.0
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
206 @ 3950 162 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.8L/170 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
190 @ 5300 148 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.20 3.93
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.49
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.1 (1.9 Winter Mode)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.49 2.41
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -

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