Car Comparison: Mercedes-Benz C300 and BMW 320i

January 12th, 2016 by

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BMW and Mercedes-Benz are two of the most common luxury brands in the U.S. Of the two brands, BMW’s 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz’s C Class are two of the most popular models in the luxury sedan class. While the BMW 3-Series has been on the market since 1975, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has only been available since 1994. Though the Mercedes-Benz C300 is significantly “younger” in manufacturing years, it is comparable to the BMW 320i.

Engine Specs

While both models have the very similar engines, the C300 gets 60 horsepower more than the 3-Series. The 320i has 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 180-horsepower engine coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The C300 has an automatic seven-speed transmission coupled with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine boasting 241-horsepower.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy for each car is very similar. The 320i receives 24 MPG city and 36 MPG highway and the C300 averages 25 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.

Interior features

As expected, the interior features in the BMW and Mercedes are far from standard and have options for buyers to add extreme luxury to the interior and exterior of the car.

The Mercedes C300 has seven-inch high resolution display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a FrontBass system that provides excellent sound quality. Additionally, buyer’s receive a complimentary six-month subscription to Sirius XM radio.

The updated BMW 320i has a USB audio connection, hands-free Bluetooth including audio streaming, iDrive system with on-board computer, and 6.5″ display screen.

Unique Features

Mercedes-Benz’s auto corporation, Daimler AG, intended for the 2016 Mercedes C300 to be a game-changer in its class, so they created the option for buyers to select the safety-focused Distronic Plus with Steering Assist package. Powered by a  radar-based cruise control, the package includes a number of features that help improve the driver’s control with its speed, braking and steering sensors. This package costs buyers an additional $2,800.

The BMW 320i has EfficientDynamics technology which is a fuel saver. Together with Connected drive, the vehicle delivers drivers pleasure and efficiency.


Considering that both vehicles have a very similar engine and many similar features, the most notable differences between both cars is the price. The Mercedes-Benz C300 has a starting MSRP of $38,950, while the BMW 320i is priced over $6,000 cheaper with a starting MSRP of $32,850.


Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW cover their cars with a 4-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty. In addition to the limited warranty, BMW buyer’s receive complimentary roadside assistance for up to 4 years and a 12-year rust perforation limited warranty.

Test It Out

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