Poll: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3 Series?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which iconic German sports sedan would YOU rather own, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3 Series?

Well, it’s high time to pick a favorite by participating in our poll. In case you’re still an undecided voter here are a few details about each of these cars.

Starting with the Benz, in C300 format (the entry-level offering) it’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four. This ‘banger is rated at 241 horses and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Sending that twisting force to the rear wheels is a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Similarly, the BMW 3 Series’ base powerplant is a 2.0-liter turbo, though in 320i models it’s rated at a rather disappointing 180 ponies. Drivers that want a sportier experience would be wise to spring for the 330i, which features a more potent four-cylinder, one that delivers and advertised 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. Appealing to enthusiasts, the Munich-based company offers some driveline choice: You can get either an eight-speed automatic gearbox or a slick six-speed manual. Options are great!

When it comes to pricing, the C300 starts at right around $40,000, however, if the [url=new-cars/2017/bmw/3-series/index.html%20

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Iammrmail Iammrmail on Jul 12, 2017

    The 330 may be the closer comparison both engine and price, but when it comes to daily driving and interiors there's a clear winner, and that's MB by a mile

  • Damon Q. Helme Damon Q. Helme on Jul 13, 2017

    Why bother mentioning the 320 when the 330 is a better match for the C300 when it comes to horsepower and pricing? Ugh..