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

When it comes to finding an attractive compact luxury sedan, there are plenty of options on the market that can give vehicle shoppers top features and satisfying performance. Whether drivers are looking for attractive features, confident powertrain options, or just good looks, either of the vehicles in this 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2017 BMW 3 Series comparison could offer satisfying driving. However, we like the immediate power and premium features delivered by the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Available in sedan, coupe or convertible body styles, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers premium luxury from the base 2017 C 300 trim. A seven-inch infotainment display screen (compared to 6.5-inches on the BMW model), and safety features like a rearview camera, and forward collision warnings with crash mitigation are standard (while they are only available on the 2017 BMW 3 Series). Features like dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery (with available leather) and generous driver adjustment options are standard on both vehicles.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2017 BMW 3 Series
241 hp Base Horsepower 180 hp
Standard Active Park Assist Parking Assistance Available
Sedan, coupe, convertible Body Styles Sedan, Wagon
7-speed automatic, 9-speed automatic Transmission 8-speed automatic, 6-speed manual

Engine output on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300

Both of the vehicles in this 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2017 BMW 3 Series comparison come standard with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, but the engine output from these vehicles varies significantly. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 comes standard with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque that offers premium acceleration and response in city or highway driving. In contrast, the 2017 BMW 320i offers just 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which offers significantly less responsiveness. In addition, these two models offer very close mileage numbers, which means that daily commuters concerned about fuel efficiency don't have to compromise on power.

Both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the 2017 BMW 3 Series also offer very similar numbers when it comes to their interior cargo capacity. Overall, we love the Mercedes-Benz compact luxury sedan for its premium engineering and standard elite features. For more information on this comparison, or to test drive a 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Houston TX, contact a member of the Star Motor Cars team.

front side view of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class on the road with a slightly blurred road
steering wheel and infotainment close-up on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
controls and AC vents on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
front side close-up of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class