Although certain rivalries in the automotive world seem to be at the forefront of the American market, the one between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series shouldn’t be understated. Two classic rivals from Germany, who have worked to raise expectations of what drivers should expect in both luxury cars and sports cars, have delivered compelling small cars for decades under the banner of these two heritage-laden model lines. For Mercedes-Benz, the C-Class has always stood for showing drivers that they can have it all – whether they prefer a sedan, coupe or cabriolet.
Today, we’re matching up the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with the 2019 BMW 3 Series to see which of these vehicles pulls ahead in their latest iterations. Pay close attention to the level of customization each luxury performance car provides.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2019 BMW 3 Series
|2.0L 4-cylinder (255 horsepower)||Standard engine (horsepower)||2.0L 4-cylinder (255 horsepower)|
|2019 Mercedes-AMG® C 63 S (503 horsepower)||Performance variant (horsepower)||2018 BMW M3 CS (453 horsepower)|
|Cabriolet, Coupe, Sedan||Body styles||Sedan, Wagon|
|9G-TRONIC® 9-speed auto||Standard transmission||8-speed auto|
|17.4 gallons||Fuel tank||15.6 gallons|
Look at the chart above, and you’ll quickly see just how much Mercedes-Benz offers in the way of timeless style, enduring elegance and the kind of performance a badge is built on.
Although performance is similar in the base models, the standard 9G-TRONIC® automatic transmission in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 edges the standard 8-speed automatic found in the 2019 BMW 330i, providing a smoother ride with quicker shifts and deeper, more visceral engagement.
When it comes to finding the perfect small luxury performance car, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class lets you choose between a striking coupe, refined sedan or exhilarating cabriolet.
A larger fuel tank in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 means fewer stops for fuel along your travels.
Where the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class really shines, however, is in its AMG® variants. Offering over 500 horsepower in a small car, the 2018 BMW M3 can’t match the speed and performance of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG® C 63 S.
If you’re in the market for a luxury car that has plenty of power under the hood and style wrapped around everything, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is indomitable. Contact us today to schedule a test drive with this luxury performance superstar.