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The 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 and 2009 BMW 335i exude luxury, comfort, power, speed, and reputation. There are many issues to consider when buying the right entry-level luxury car. All of the above enter into the equation with the important addition of price. It is worth writing them all down and putting them in order of priority because one or two aspects may ultimately help you make your decision.

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Luxury, a selling point for both the C300 and 335i, is traditionally
more synonymous with Mercedes Benz, just as power is associated with
BMW. Incidentally, speed does lean in favor of the 335 i, delivering almost 75 more horses
worth of power. Mercedes fitted electronic limiters in the C300 to stop
it going above 155 mph; in case you really want to step on it, you
should keep that in mind. Reputation is for you to decide, BMW seems
brash in comparison to their compatriots at Mercedes Benz who are
recognized for cars that draw less attention to themselves.

As for price? The invoice price on the Mercedes Benz C 300 is $30,597.
The BMW 335 i can go anywhere from $35,970 to over $45,000. Consider
your factors; prepare to pay up to $10,000 extra for the BMW, but only
if it is worth it based on your priorities – price not being your top
priority.


These cars are often compared to each other, but are they really comparable? Is the C300 catered to a different crowd? What sort of drivers do you often see driving either car?

2008 Specs (if it helps)

BMW 3 Series Coupe


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: BMW 328i Coupe ($35,300), 328xi Coupe ($37,100), 335i Coupe ($40,600)
Engines: 230-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24-valve inline-6; 300-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24-valve inline-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual or automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual
front and front-seat side airbags, roof-mounted curtain air bags
covering both rows, 3-point harness for all seating positions, child
seat tether anchors and LATCH system, anti-lock brakes, dynamic
stability control, run-flat tires and tire-pressure monitor system,
adaptive brake lights, daytime running lights
Safety equipment (optional): active cruise control, rear park distance control, cold weather package with headlamp washers, xDrive all-wheel drive
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Regensburg, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): BMW 335i Coupe ($40,600)
Standard equipment: leatherette
upholstery, automatic climate control with air conditioning, 8-way
power front seats with memory for driver’s side, power windows, dark
burl walnut trim (with light poplar, gray poplar or brushed aluminum as
no-cost options), remote locks, start/stop button, rechargeable
flashlight in glove box, title and telescoping steering wheel with
audio controls, cruise control, power moonroof, Logic7 audio system
with 13 speakers, split and folding rear seats, 18-inch wheels with
run-flat tires, Xenon adaptive headlamps, fog lamps, rain-sensing
windshield wipers with heated washer jets, power and heated exterior
mirrors, ground lighting in door handles, dual chrome exhaust tips,
chrome-trimmed doorsill plates
Options as tested (MSRP): Premium package ($2,450), Sport package ($1,000), heated front seats ($500)
Destination charge: ($695)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $45,720
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0-liter dohc I6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 300 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 300 @ 1400-5000
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/28 mpg
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.3/70.2/54.2 in.
Track, f/r: 59.1/59.6 in.
Turning circle: 36.1 ft.
Seating capacity: 4
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/55.3/41.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.1/51.9/33.7 in.
Cargo volume: 11.1 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent
Suspension, r: independent
Ground clearance: 4.9 in.
Curb weight: 3571 lbs.
Tires: 225/40R18 front, 255/35R18 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 15.9 gal.

Mercedes-Benz C Class


Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines: 228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment: N/A
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): N/A
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 2400
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: N/A
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r: 60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume: 17.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3498 lbs.
Tires: P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.
 
 
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