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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series Sedan

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series Sedan


Luxury sedans come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, but two lineups continue to offer broad appeal: the 3-Series and the C-Class family. Generously equipped and slightly sporty, the new C-Class brings the following specs to the table:

  • Starting MSRP of $40,250
  • 241-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
  • 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 24 mpg city

The BMW 3-Series, on the other hand, steps up with:

  • Starting MSRP of $34,900
  • 180-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
  • 200 lb-ft of torque
  • 24 city mpg

So, if you’re wondering which vehicle is the better buy, we’ve got you covered! Look below for our detailed comparison of the 2018 C-Class Sedan vs. the 2018 BMW 3-Series Sedan.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan VS 2017 BMW 3-Series Sedan
241 Horsepower 180
273 lb-ft Torque 200 lb-ft
24 City MPG 23
Optional Electronic Trunk Lid Feature Not Offered
Standard Memory-Adjustable Side Mirrors Optional
Standard Pre-Collision System Feature Not Offered

Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

The C-Class and 3-Series start off with 2.0L turbo inline-4 engines that offer 34 mpg in the city. That’s where the similarities end, though. The C-Class C 300 proves itself to be stronger with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 3-Series 320i struggles to keep up at 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The C-Class is also quicker to accelerate, reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.8 seconds. The 3-Series gets left in the dust, taking 7.1 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph.

C 300 Sedan
C 300 Sedan

Upscale Features

Luxury defines the C-Class and 3-Series, which is why you’ll find features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, optional navigation, and optional heated front seats inside both cabins. Still, there’s a reason the C-Class has been referred to as the “baby S-Class” by many critics. It offers several features that are either optional or unavailable on the base 3-Series, from a HomeLink garage door opener to power-adjustable front seats. Speaking of options, the new C-Class has them in spades; the following are available for the C-Class only:

  • Optional Ventilated Front Seats: Optional ventilation and heating can be used together for a warm, dry seat—perfect for Evanston’s frigid winters.
  • Optional Intelligent Cruise Control: DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist adheres to your preset speed interval—so well, in fact, that it can apply the brakes to help you keep pace with traffic.

Safety Scores & Features

In NHTSA crash tests, the 2018 C-Class and 2018 3-Series earned top five-star overall safety ratings. Dependable front and side crash protection are staples of both sedans. Shared safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Emergency telematics (mbrace® Connect for the C-Class and BMW Assist eCall for the 3-Series)
  • Keyless entry
  • Powered exterior mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers

The BMW 3-Series makes a strong case for itself, but true to Mercedes-Benz form, the C-Class outmatches it with:

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®
  • PRESAFE®
  • ATTENTION ASSIST®
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Memory-adjustable exterior mirrors
2016 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan

Pick-Up Your Dream Sedan in Chicago!

Stronger and better equipped, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan transcends the 2018 BMW 3-Series. Contact Mercedes-Benz of Chicago at (312) 628-4500 to schedule a test drive with the new C-Class, compare Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW,or to learn how to apply for financing. We’re standing by Monday through Saturday to assist Oak Park and Evanston shoppers in every way possible!

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