2016 BMW 3 Series vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Drivers in the market for a luxury vehicle may find that they have mountains of research to do. Not only are there several options to choose from, but they all offer an abundance of new technology. BMW is one of the luxury segment’s pioneers and it has been refining its models for decades.

Another member of the German Big Three- Mercedes-Benz- also offers highly-refined options. In order to aid the research process, we wanted to put BMW and Mercedes-Benz head-to-head to determine if one brand has a leg up on the other. To see what happened when we put the 2016 BMW 3 Series vs. the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, read on.

While both models offer a mid-size luxury option, the models differ slightly. First, the costs of the models vary, with BMW ringing in at about $4,000 less than Mercedes-Benz (for the base configuration). While BMW lovers will spend less, they will still receive many of the same features as those who choose Mercedes-Benz.

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2016 BMW 3 Series vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
$34,145 MSRP $39,875
2.0-Liter Inline 4 Engine 2.0-Liter Inline 4
24/36 (City/HWY) Fuel Rating 25/34 (City/HWY)
Available Built-In Hard Drive Not Available

2016 BMW 3 Series base engine, fuel rating and luxury features

Under the hood, the BMW 3 Series sports a 2.0-Liter Inline 4 engine, capable of producing a healthy 180 horsepower. When all of the power elements work together, the 2016 model is able to reach 24 miles per gallon in the city, and 36 on the highway. If the power specifications aren’t enough to impress, the new BMW 3 Series also offers an array of luxurious options.

Inside, the 2016 model sports an abundance of standard luxury features, like Bluetooth, an HD Radio, Keyless Ignition and more. There are also optional features available to those who want more! Shoppers have the option of adding Satellite Radio, a built-in hard drive and heated/cooled seating!

2016 BMW 3 Series interior seating
2016 BMW 3 Series door panel
2016 BMW 3 Series tail light
2016 BMW 3 Series exterior blue

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