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2021 BMW 3 Series vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Exterior view of the 2021 BMW 3 Series vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


2021 BMW 3 Series

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9-speed Automatic


8-speed Automatic

Driver Attention Monitor

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Car-to-X Communication

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12.3 Inches as Standard

Central Touchscreen Display

8.8 Inches as Standard

Are you dreaming of getting behind the wheel of a new luxury sedan in Warwick? Not sure where to start? Comparing the BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class will put you on the path of a more exciting drive. Both models are stylish and come well-equipped with a rich and elegant interior. Still, we think the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the clear winner. Read on to delve deeper into this year’s BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class comparison, and then contact Mercedes-Benz of Warwick to explore your C-Class options in person. 



C-Class vs. 3 Series: Engine Performance

Providence divers comparing the BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class for engine performance will see that these two sedans provide similar base-level engines–but that’s where the similarities end. Review the engine specs for both models below: 

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan – Powertrains

  • 2.0L I4 turbo with 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (C 300 Sedan, C 300 4MATIC® Sedan)
  • AMG®-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo with 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 43 Sedan)
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo with 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 63 Sedan)
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 63 S Sedan)

The base-level C-Class has rear-wheel drive, and like the rest of the lineup, comes standard with a 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. 4MATIC® AWD is standard on the next step up, and if you progress to the AMG® line, you’ll be rewarded with AMG® Performance 4MATIC® AWD instead. You won’t find any of these options on the BMW 3 Series. 

2021 BMW 3-Series Sedan – Powertrains

  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 255 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder & Electric Motor with 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline-6 with 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque

When comparing the C-Class vs. 3 Series, note that all BMW 3 Series models come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and that means the C-Class has the edge from the start! Additionally, all 3 Series models have xDrive AWD as an option rather than a standard feature. That means you have to pay for the extra upgrade no matter which BMW 3-Series trim you settle on. Why pay extra for something on a BMW 3 Series when it’s included in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Are Other German Sedans Worth Considering?

If you’re comparing the Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you should know that the 2021 A4 starts at only 201 horsepower and maxes out at 261 horsepower. That’s another way of saying that the C-Class is the preferred choice for East Greenwich enthusiasts with a passion for German luxury sedans.


C-Class vs. 3-Series: Premium Features

Regardless of which sedan you choose for your Cranston commute, the C-Class vs. 3-Series matchup sets you up for success. That’s especially apparent when you look at the premium features on these models, such as:

  • Power front seats with memory
  • Genuine wood trim
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Selectable drive modes
  • And much more!

Still, the BMW 3-Series is notably absent of some key high-tech features you’ll find in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This is why we think you’ll prefer the Mercedes-Benz:

  • HANDS-FREE ACCESS® is standard in the C-Class but requires a hefty upgrade in the BMW 3 Series. If you’ve ever struggled to open the trunk with your hands full of groceries or gear, you know this feature is valuable!
  • ATTENTION ASSIST® learns your usual driving behaviors and lets you know you should take a break. 
  • The 2021 C-Class sedan features a large 12.3-inch central touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The BMW 3 Series comes standard with two screens that measure just 8.8 inches diagonally.

With the base-level C-Class starting at $41,600 MSRP* and the base-level 3 Series starting at $41,250 MSRP, why wouldn’t you want all these extra features for about the same price tag?


Test Drive a Mercedes-Benz C-Class at Mercedes-Benz of Warwick

Are you ready to take a test drive in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class? Explore your options online or at the dealership. Either way, Mercedes-Benz of Warwick makes it easy to find your next Mercedes-Benz. You might also want to review our new vehicle specials and complete a financing application. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you.

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.


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