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The Mercedes Benz C Class, BMW 3 series, and Audi A4 are often considered the best entry-level luxury sedans; your decision on which one to buy will lean heavily on which one fits your priorities best. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 and 2009 BMW 328 are similar in many ways, but it is their differences that will push you to a final decision.

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The 2009 BMW 328 is marginally shorter than its rival 209 Mercedes-Benz C 300.
Marginal as in  a difference of 1.8 inches, the BMW 328 at 182.3 and
the C300 at 180.5, giving the BMW a slightly more squat appearance.
Neither of them are the shortest car you will ever buy, but if this is
important to you, the BMW 328 is more compact. They are identical on
wheelbase, both registering a total of 108.3 inches, making the
Mercedes-Benz C300 slightly tighter from a control point of view.  

As for engine size and power, there is very little to discern between
the two: both are powered by three-liter engines, the BMW 328 sports an
Inline-6, while the Mercedes-Benz C300 uses a V6, and the number of
horses under the hood is almost identical. But if you are deciding on
the basis of power and will brook no argument on that, then the
Mercedes delivers marginally more than the BMW, 230hp to 228hp.

Then there is the issue of showiness. If you want a car that announces
your arrival wherever you drive, the BMW 328 is simply flashier. It is
all a matter of philosophy; decide which car reflects your ideology
about what makes a great car and then go for it.

C300? BMW 328? We all have an idea of which is better. But why, what’s your reason? Talk about it here!

 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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