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2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 BMW 4-Series 2014 BMW 3-Series
2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 BMW 4-Series 2014 BMW 3-Series
C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Luxury Sedan
  • C250 Coupe
  • C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan
  • C350 Coupe
  • C350 4MATIC Coupe
  • C63 AMG Sedan
  • C63 AMG Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sports Wagon
  • Wagon
  • Sports Wagon
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Wagon


MSRP $35,800 $40,500 $32,750
Invoice $33,294 $37,260 $30,130
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.9 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.6 9.5 9.2
Performance 8.1 9.3 8.5
Interior 7.6 7.7 7.8
Safety 8.8 N/A 9.1
Reliability 4.0 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride
  • Luxurious, high-quality interior
  • Functional, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Good fuel economy
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Impressive handling and acceleration
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Sluggish acceleration in C250
  • Limited back-seat space
  • Some cheap materials in base models
  • Some switchgear is hard to use

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 22 City / 31 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy 24 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Coupe Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 108.7 110.6 110.6
Length, Overall (in) 180.8 182.6 182.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 71.9 71.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 54.2 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Optional
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3428 3470 3295

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.2
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 39.8 40.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.2 42
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.3 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 36.1 37.7
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 33.7 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55 51.7 55.1
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4 15.7 13


AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard


Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 201 @ 5500 240 @ 5000 180 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 229 @ 2000 255 @ 1250 200 @ 1250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 35.3 37.1 37.1


Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 35 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 15.8 15.8


Active Suspension System Optional
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link


Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.