Longtime rivals, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. BMW 3 Series is a debate that has polarized many folks trying to choose their ideal luxury ride. Have the recent iterations of these famed nameplates given us any clear distinction about which is the better choice? To tell, all we can do is look at features and specifications. So, our Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead staff has lined up these competitors and broken down their abilities.
If either model has piqued your interest near Peoria, AZ, then this comparison is for you!
How your luxury car drives is of course a large part of the decision to go with one model over the other. As you’ll see, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series are strikingly similar. Despite that, an important differentiator stands out.
In terms of similarities, both models use a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the base trim to make 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Each sedan can hit 0 to 60 MPH in six seconds or less. So where do the differences begin? Well, it centers around fuel economy. The BMW 3 Series puts up a plenty respectable figure measuring an EPA-estimated 25 city and 34 highway MPG with the standard motor.
Choosing the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is more practical however thanks to the uptick in efficiency. With the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class you can expect an EPA-estimated 25 city and 36 highway MPG.1
Luxury means floating about on the open road with room to enjoy yourself as you please and even transport passengers if you prefer. While close in size, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the statelier and large choice, a welcome difference from the more compact BMW 3 Series.
The length of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class measures 187 inches, which tops the 185.9 inches of the BMW. This extra length translates into the cabin as the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers 36 inches of legroom in the second row as opposed to just 35.2 inches for the BMW. The horizontal space is also noted in those back seats with the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offering 55.6 inches of rear shoulder room compared to 54.6 inches for the BMW.
With the space expected of a serene midsize sedan and the performance to boot, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class edges out the BMW 3 Series, its longtime rival. Understanding how all these features come together for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-class takes a drive in person, though.
So, if there’s a certain trim level or version of the famed model you want to get out on the road, let us know here at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead and you’ll soon be cruising around Peoria, Arizona!
1 EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.