Which is the best? 2023 BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes Benz C-Class

C-Class vs 3 Series

It’s the age-old rivalry. Two German automakers that have been battling it out for decades, are both vying for the majority of the executive compact car market. Both want to take the crown as King of the Sedans.

We think you know exactly who we’re talking about, BMW and his nemesis Mercedes-Benz. With them newly facelifted 3-series hitting the streets soon, and Merc’s updated C-Class, the fight continues. Who do you think deserves the crown?

3 Series vs. C-Class: Styling and Appearance

The 3 Series and the C-Class have always been sharp sideboards. Billion-dollar development budgets mean these premium mid-range sedans can afford to look good. Styling is key, it’s the first thing that grabs a buyer’s attention.

From the front, the C-Class looks sportier and more aggressive than its rival. In the image above it looks downright angry. If it could talk, it would probably ask you to take it to a boxing match. Unlike, the BMW looks calmer and calmer. His front apron has an almost relaxed smile that says he’s ready for a trip to the office.

In profile, both cars have creases in all the right places. They both look slender and chiseled, like they’ve spent a while at the gym. The BMW’s silhouette, with its protruding trunk, now looks quite dated, compared to the Merc’s cleaner, undulating line.

At the rear the new BMW could easily be mistaken for a ten year old model, the rear design is starting to look really old now.

The Merc has a softer, fresher look, with its flat exhausts, flowing lines and triangular taillights.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and from certain angles, both cars have winning qualities. They both have their own distinctive look. But overall, we think the C-Class can handle it with its cleaner, more modern look.

(Rated: BMW 0, Mercedes 1)

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3 Series vs. C-Class: Engines, Power & Performance

Customers like choice. So engine selection is very important when competing in a market as broad and diverse as this one.

BMW supplies petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions of the 3 Series. The vast majority of these are 2.0-litre inline-4 and 3.0-litre inline six powertrains. Their plug-in hybrid model has a 12 kW battery, with a range of 58 kilometers.

The M340i is the flagship. The range is complemented by a 3.0-litre turbo engine that produces 382 hp. This car hits sixty in an impressive 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 255 mph.

Mercedes also has a good selection of powertrains offered. Again, it’s mostly 2.0 and 3.0 liter engines and some hybrid options. Mercedes hybrids have slightly larger batteries and better range; about 70 miles. The C43 4Matic is their range topper. It has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which can deliver 384 horsepower. And it’s pretty fast too, it can hit 60 in 4.3 seconds and it can hit 255 mph.

Both automakers offer an extensive range of models and engine choices. They both have excellent performance variants that can give most sports cars value for money. So it is difficult to pick a winner. That is why we believe that both companies deserve a point.

(score: BMW 1, Mercedes 2)

3-series versus C-Class: handling and agility

The 3 Series has always had a slight edge over the C-Class when it comes to handling. These cars are often heavily used on the road and potential buyers have high expectations when it comes to driving experience. Both offer impressive rides.

When you put both cars to the test, the BMW feels sleek and is more fun to drive. It feels more energetic than its rival. The C-Class feels softer on the road and swallows bumps better than the BMW, which seems to be a continuous pattern with these cars.

The steering of the C-Class is slightly heavier, making it more predictable on the road. While the BMW offers lightning-quick responses and feels more agile than its rival, no matter which mode you put the two cars in. In our opinion, BMW has nailed it again.

(score: BMW 2, Mercedes 2)

3-series versus C-Class: interior refinement and quality

German car manufacturers strive for perfection. If you look at the interior of these two cars, you can see that they are not far from it. Both have extraordinarily well-built interiors and many high-end features.

BMW has given the 3 Series a fresh new layout. And the first thing you notice is the new curved glass infotainment system that powers the new iDrive8. It extends to halfway up the dashboard. It’s very different from the large MBUX-powered iPad-esque screen mounted on the C-Class’s center console.

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The Mercedes looks more modern with its round air vents, flattened steering wheel and slick shades. The interior of the BMW is much simpler and gives the impression of being functional yet hard-wearing.

Aesthetically, we prefer the 3 Series’ new wrap-around infotainment screen, as you don’t have to lower your head every time you interact with it.

The sporty Mercedes will probably appeal to a younger audience. But for us, the simplicity of the BMW is exactly what we like about it. In our opinion, the functional, easy to use, clean design is a winner.

(score: BMW 3, Mercedes 2)

3 Series vs C-Class: Final Verdict

In a segment of the car market where there is fierce competition, these two giants still manage to set an example. Both cars are the same price, and one of them should meet your daily needs.

The Merc looks great, but the BMW is just a genius all-rounder that ensures maximum pleasure behind the wheel. So we think the new 3 Series has once again managed to beat its nemesis Mercedes. Win another battle in the long-running war between them.

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