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Compare BMW 3-Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class
You've got to love entry-level luxury cars. They make it so much more practical to enjoy premium living. Two of the best are the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Their pricetags, especially when bought used, strike a balance between affordability and indulgence. Whether BMW or Mercedes-Benz, you can expect the value package, quality and durability to be top notch.
The BMW 3 Series was introduced in 1975 as a two-door coupe. The sixth generation sedan debuted in 2012. As the best-selling BMW, the 3 Series represents 30 percent of the automaker’s sales. It’s offered in multiple styles, including the sports wagon Touring edition, and the slightly larger Gran Turismo sedan.
Arriving later at the party, Mercedes-Benz introduced the C-Class in 1993. The fourth generation made its debut in 2014, and it remains the best-selling car for the automaker. The new Modular Rear Architecture is lighter with more aluminum. High strength steel ensures the rigidity and strength needed for handling and safety. Today’s C comes in a coupe, sedan, and convertible style.
Awards and Public Perception
Car and Driver listed the BMW 3 Series 22 times on its Best List over a twenty-five year span. Edmunds declared the 3 Series to have the Best Retained Value in 2013. BMW 328i editions took home the Lifestyle Award from Cars.Com in 2014. Automobile gave BMW its All-Stars Award for the 3 Series the same year.
Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed plenty of attention with its C Class. In 2016, it was declared a Best Buy by Kelley Blue Book. The 2015 World Car of the Year Award went to the C Class. The automaker has led the way with crash avoidance technologies and fun dash tech, introducing Apple CarPlay in 2014.
The focus at Mercedes-Benz has been on turbo technology in the C Class. As such, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C base editions enjoy a lot of torque with an inline-4 turbo or a turbodiesel. With the C300, you'll find 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2014 C400 delivered 329 horsepower. Its replacement, the 2016 C450 AMG Sport cranks that up to 362 horsepower. It can make the 0-60 mph sprint in under five seconds. Stepping up, the C63 and C63 S offer 469 and 503 horsepower respectively.
BMW turbos work just as hard. A fuel-efficient inline-4 save you money at the pump. Earning 240 horsepower, the 328i offers a balanced approach to both performance and fuel economy. In 2016, BMW bumped the 338i in favor of the 340i. With 320 horses under the hood, the newer model picks up 20 horses over the prior model. You can also get a turbodiesel with a high rate of torque. Gran Turismo models have a 300-horsepower engine.
Test Drive Luxury
This broad range of choices has brought many types of BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class models into the used car market where buyers can take advantage of turbo technology and excellent performance. In short, there isn’t a bad way to go whether you get a model from last year or five years ago. These are always ahead of their time. You can take a test drive at Atlanta Luxury Motors.