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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2018 BMW 3-Series

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


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and 2018 BMW 3 Series might technically belong in the same class of luxury car, but there’s a world of difference between them. We found out in our vehicle comparison that the BMW fails to match the C-Class in the following areas:

  • Standard 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Standard Power Front Seats
  • Available In-Car Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • High-performance engine

Standard Performance

You won’t be disappointed by the 2018 BMW 3 Series performance–unless you’ve taken the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class out for a test drive. With its superior output and more sophisticated transmission system, everything from changing to the fast lane to shifting gears is swift, seamless, and seemingly effortless. Despite that, it matches the BMW in terms of efficiency, and you’ll even go further without checking for gas stations thanks to a significantly more generous fuel capacity.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2018 BMW 3 Series




9-speed automatic


8-speed automatic

City MPG

17.4 gallons

Fuel Capacity

15.8 gallons

Peak Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also outclasses the BMW 3 Series when it comes to high-end performance–leaving it in the dust, in fact:

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Peak Performance – Head to the top of the AMG® C-Class lineup and you’ll find an AMG® biturbo 4.0L V8 engine that generates up to a commanding 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
  • BMW 3 Series Peak Performance – The most powerful BMW 3 Series is a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder supplemented by hybrid power, which makes only 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Exterior

Standard Features

It’s hard to credit the lack of features offered as standard with the 2018 BMW 3 Series. From state-of-the-art safety via ATTENTION ASSIST® to the comfort of power front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sets the industry standard.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2018 BMW 3 Series

Genuine Wood Trim


Power Front Seats

7 inches

Standard Display

6.5 inches

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control



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Available Features

While most will be convinced by the standard features, the BMW faithful may assume more enticing technology is available with the new 3 Series. But upon inspection, the 3 Series still lacks many more attractive available features of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, including:

  • Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™: Sync to your smartphone to take or make calls, read or dictate texts, navigate, stream music, and more.
  • In-Car Wi-Fi Hotspot: Enjoy a strong, secure web connection through up to eight devices at once.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Front Exterior

Rear Seat Space

Both of these vehicles can seat up to five passengers, but the C-Class provides more room for tall and broad passengers in back. The C-Class gets 35.2 inches or rear legroom and 55.5 inches or rear shoulder room, while the 3 Series only gets 35.1 inches and 55.1 inches, respectively.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Remains a Segment Leader

Even the impressive 2018 BMW 3 Series falls far behind standards set by the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Why not contact us today, apply for financing, or schedule a test drive? While you’re here, check out our comparison between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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