2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

When it comes to luxury sedans, typically the first two brands that come to mind are BMW and Mercedes-Benz. As the two are such fierce competitors, it will come as no surprise that their vehicles are typically neck and neck when it comes to the capabilities that matter most to luxury buyers. However, when it comes down to the 2017 models of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it is easy to see where one of the brands comes up short.

Both the 3 Series and the C-Class come standard with a four-cylinder engine, and though the base engine of the Mercedes is rated a bit higher in the horsepower category, it comes in with fuel economy ratings that are significantly lower than those of the 3 Series. When moving up to the optional V6 engine, the 3 Series manages to produce a 320-horsepower rating that beats out the 362-hp motor of the C-Class. As if that wasn’t enough, the MSRP of the V6-equipped 3 Series is much lower than the $52,000 price tag of the six-cylinder C-Class, which is only available as a higher-class AMG model.

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2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
$33,450 MSRP $39,500
32 MPG City Fuel Economy 24 MPG
42 MPG Highway Fuel Economy 34 MPG
Yes All-Wheel Drive Yes

Advantages of the BMW 3 Series

As you can see from the chart above, the fuel economy ratings are just the start of the major differences between the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. If price is one of your concerns, the BMW is hands down the one that you will want to consider. Though it manages to hold its own, and has the ability to best the C-Class in a number of categories, the 3 Series still comes in with an MSRP that is $6,000 less than that of its competitor. Given its capabilities, the lower price is definitely hard to argue with.

If you are interested in learning more about how the 2017 BMW 3 Series compares to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we highly recommend that you schedule a test drive here at BMW of Topeka. We have more than a few models of the 3 Series in stock, so we can help you to get behind the wheel of the four-cylinder or the six-cylinder model. As always, we are here for questions. Give us a call, shoot us an email or just stop by in person. We don’t mind how you choose to get in touch, we simply hope that you do.

2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2017 BMW 3 Series vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class