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

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

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series are two of the most popular luxury models on Orange County roads. So, which is the better pick? Next to the BMW 3-Series, the C-Class is slightly more expensive but offers more powerful performance and high-end features. Below, we’ve compared the BMW 3-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class, starting with the BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz C 300. See for yourself which is right for you!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class VS 2018 BMW 3-Series
241 hp Horsepower 180 hp
273 lb-ft Torque 200 lb-ft
33 Highway MPG 28
Standard Genuine Wood Trim Optional`
Standard Driver Memory Settings Optional
Standard Driver Attention Monitor Feature Not Offered
Standard Pre-Collision System Feature Not Offered

C 300 vs. 320i: Performance

At the base level, the new C-Class and BMW 3-Series get 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engines. The C-Class demands more from its engine, though; it produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the 320i Sedan manages just 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, the C-Class tails the BMW 3-Series in terms of fuel economy. With its base engine, the C-Class Sedan earns 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway, and the BMW 3-Series earns just two more miles per gallon on the highway—a small price to pay for much greater engine power.

2018 C-Class Performance
2018 C-Class Charm

C 300 vs. 320i: Features

Comparing BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz reveals many of the same features on both sides, but in the case of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. BMW 3-Series, the winner is clear. The C 300 interior offers Irvine drivers a myriad of features not found on the 320i, such as:

  • Genuine wood trim on the center console, doors, and instrument panel
  • Power sunroof
  • Manual sunshade for the sunroof
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Memory settings
  • Compass
  • Optional cooled front seats
  • Optional intelligent cruise control

C 300 vs. 320i: Safety

Based on safety ratings, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series are smart picks for Costa Mesa drivers. Both scored a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Driver assists are another story, though. Unlike the BMW 3-Series, the C-Class comes standard with ATTENTION ASSIST®, PRESAFE®, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®. ATTENTION ASSIST® is a driver attention monitor that notifies you when its time to rest, and PRESAFE® secures the cabin if a collision is imminent. CPA PLUS® uses radar technology to sense probable frontal collisions and can intervene with automatic braking.

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Test Drive the New 2018 C-Class in Orange County!

All in all, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is stronger and more luxurious than the 2018 BMW 3-Series, plus it offers a handful of driver assists as standard equipment. Curious how the C-Class Sedan fares against other competitors? Compare it to the Audi A4 Sedan, or even the Mercedes-Benz E-Class! To see it in action, schedule a test drive at Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach—not far from Huntington Beach.

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3300 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA



Phone: (949) 718-3000

3300 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA


Phone: (949) 718-3200

3300 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA


Phone: (949) 718-3200

3300 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA
33.6533108 -117.8653064
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Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Fletcher Jones Motorcars
3300 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA, 92660 United States
Fletcher Jones Motorcars 33.6533108, -117.8653064.