2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Like the Hatfields and McCoys, or Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series are locked in an ongoing struggle.

The two will trade salvos for a lifetime, but by our eyes, the Merc is better looking, the BMW is a better track performer.

Which is better depends on what you're looking for.

The Cadillac ATS aged in a hurry, and base models are well behind the curve at this point.

The Lexus IS doesn't have a thrilling base powertrain, but looks sharp and drives well.

The Audi A4 is very good (and actually rated higher) thanks to its great safety record and dizzying technology.

The Infiniti Q50 is an outlier, with plenty of creature comforts, but perhaps not the same performance pedigree.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2018 Audi S4/S5 First Drive2018 Audi A4
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2018 BMW 3-Series2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Edition models2018 Cadillac ATS
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2018 Infiniti Q502018 INFINITI Q50
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2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport2018 Lexus IS
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Quick Specs
7.5
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.
8.0
The 2018 Audi S4 balances perfectly performance with luxury in a package that's both practical and sharp. Hardly a recipe for excitement, but one that touches all the bases.
6.7
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
6.8
A sports car with a more practical body, the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V represents American engineering at its very best.
7.0
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is powerful, well-equipped luxury sedan that doesn't quite match up to Germany's finest yet.
6.7
The Lexus IS needs more powertrain guts, and more styling glory, to tackle the cars it wants to take down.
MSRP From     
$40,250$36,000$34,900$35,495$35,200$38,210
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
C 300 Sedan2.0 TFSI ultra Premium S Tronic FWD320i Sedan South Africa4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWD2.0t PURE RWDIS 300 F Sport RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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