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.
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|2018 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings||2018 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2018 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2018 Cadillac ATSBrowse Used Listings||2018 INFINITI Q50Browse Used Listings||2018 Lexus ISBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|C 300 Sedan||2.0 TFSI ultra Premium S Tronic FWD||320i Sedan South Africa||4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWD||2.0t PURE RWD||IS 300 F Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2018 Audi A4||2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series||2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2018 Cadillac ATS||2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2018 INFINITI Q50||2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2018 Lexus IS|