Comparison review 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 vs 2019 BMW 3 series (330i)

08/12/2019
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Table of contents:
6. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Price
1. Introduction
2. Overview of 2019 Mercedes Benz C300
3. Overview of the 2019 BMW 330i
4. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Style and design
5. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Performance and engine specs
7. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Pros and cons
8. Verdict

6. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Price

You can buy a used model of either of these models (see tips on how to buy a used Mercedes C300 or the BMW 330i ), or you cold buy a brand new model of either. See prices of each category below: 

Brand new price in Nigeria
Model 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 2019 BMW 330i
Brand new price in Nigeria ₦16,528,233-₦25,800,000 ₦14.4m -₦18.4m
Foreign used price in Nigeria
Model Mercedes-Benz C300  BMW 330i
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2008-2010 ₦3,700,000- ₦ 5,000,000 ₦1.8 million- ₦3.5 million
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2011-2016 ₦ 5,500,000 - ₦ 15,500,000 ₦2.85 million- ₦12 million
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2017-2018 ₦19,500,000-₦23,000,000 ₦10 million- ₦ million
Locally used price in Nigeria
Model Mercedes-Benz C300 BMW 330i
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2009-2010 ₦2.5 million- ₦4 million ₦1.8 million- ₦3.5 million
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2011-2015 ₦4.5 million- ₦8.2 million ₦2.8 million- ₦12 million
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2016-2017 ₦9. 5 million- ₦10 million ₦10 million-

1. Introduction

The market for compact luxury sedans has always been a healthy as well as highly competitive one. The top contenders of course include the Lexus ES 350 and Lexus ES 300h, as well as the Genesis G80. Of course it would be remiss to talk about this segment without mentioning two extremely popular cars: the 2019 Mercedes Benz C-Class (C300) and the BMW 3 series (330i).

The Benz C300 and the BMW 330i are both luxury sports sedans in the small-midsize segment. Both cars are ideal for a small family and share similar or close specifications in terms of exterior and interior design, powertrain, fuel economy, and other specs. Being top of their in-demand segment, it is expected that choosing one over the other will occasion much head scratching and indecision. Courtesy of naijauto.com, this expert comparison review will break down the strengths and weaknesses of each sedan in order for you t reach a quick, informed decision. Enjoy the comparison review! 

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300-and-2019-BMW-3-Series-full-frontal view

Luxury sedans are always in style, and the Benz C300 and the BMW 3-Series are top of the segment

2. Overview of 2019 Mercedes Benz C300

The 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 is the base trim of the 2019 Mercedes Benz C-Class. The C300 is represented in three versions, namely Wagon, Cabriolet (Coupe), and Sedan. The Sedan version of this model is a rear wheel drive, 5-sitting luxury compact riding on a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Not much different from the 2018 model in exterior design, the majority of the changes occur in the interior and features of the car.

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300 is as solid inside as it is beautiful outside

3. Overview of the 2019 BMW 330i

First of all, this has always been a most consistent customer-draw in this segment. The 2019 BMW 3 series is a sports sedan tagged “royalty sedan” deservedly for its elegance, luxury, and all round class. It is the beginning of a new generation, the G20, of the 3 series nameplate. Like its rival, the C300, the 3 Series also carries a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine powering out 255hp. The 2019 car loses its manual transmission option to retain a fully automatic 8-speed transmission. The 3 series comes in 2 variants, the sportier m340i x-drive (higher trim) and the 330i. The 330i has a rear wheel drive powertrain.

2019-BMW-3-Series

2019 BMW 3-Series is as fine as wine, and every bit as sweet

4. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Style and design

Exterior styling

Both models exhibit a modern style in exterior looks, favoring sporty fronts, cool bumpers and curved rears. The c300 is slightly less in length at184.5 inches than the 3 Series at 185.7 inches. In width, the margins are similar as the BMW 3 series is again just a bit wider at 71.9 inches t the Benz C-Class at 71.3 inches. This of course makes the BMW the bigger car, but not in any way physical discernable, especially at first glance. The C300 this year carries fully LED headlights as standard instead of being optional as it was last year. Both sedans have a sun/moon roof and the BMW also has a optional panoramic roof as well as an optional rear spoiler.

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Both vehicles have many parallels in exterior design

Interior styling

Of course the C300 displays all of Mercedes Benz’s classic interior trademark excellence. Expensive quality material and top-notch technology. While the BMW 3 series may not have the pedigree of the C300, it is no slouch in the luxurious department either. This car is fine, elegant and ultra-modern. One drawback the Benz has is that the new 12.3 instrument cluster screen is not standard in the 2019, but is optional. Also car owners have complained that the technology on the Mercedes is not user friendly in contrast to the BMW instrumentation that is easy to use. In addition the 3 series has iDrive powered infotainment display on a 8.8-inch  screen.

Seats and cargo

Both sedans sit five, although the BMW has slightly more headroom than the C300 at 37.6 inches and 37.1 inches respectively. Thus, taller kids and adults could be more comfortable in the rear of the BMW 3 series than in the Mercedes C300. Both feature cup holders front and rear also, however it is in the cargo department that the 3 series towers over the C300. While the C300 boasts a respectable 12 cubic foot for a sedan that size, the 3 series hefts a substantial 17 cubic feet in total capacity. Bth passenger and driver lumbar support are optional on the Mercedes and standard on BMW.

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300-and-2019-BMW-3-Series-seats

Does the BMW 3 Series additional room give it a great advantage over the Benz C300?

Infotainment

Both sedans have standard entertainment features such as:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player

In addition the below features come optionally for both cars:

  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System
  • Hard Disk Drive

Wifi Hotspot is optional for Mercedes and standard for BMW 3 series, and the same goes for smart device integration. 

Security and safety features

Mercedes Benz as well as BMW are both champs at safety technology and security. It is no wonder that both of these cars have fantastic technology for both safety security and drivers assist as can be seen below:

Spec 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 2019 BMW 3 series
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control Available Available

Compass

Standard Not available

Steering Wheel Material

Leather/metal-look

Leather

Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Standard

Standard

Glovebox Light

Standard Standard
Map Light Front & rear Front & rear

Cargo Light

Standard Standard

Rearview Mirror

Auto-dimming day-night Auto-dimming day-night

Rear Window Defogger

Standard Standard

Rear Parking Aid

 

Standard  

Keyless start

Standard Standard

Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Standard Standard

Remote Engine Start

Optional

Standard

Power Folding Mirrors

Standard Standard

Power Steering

Standard

Standard

Dual Zone A/C

Standard Standard
Wireless cell phone hook up Standard Standard

Navigation System

Optional Optional

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300-and-2019-BMW-3-Series-cockpit

Both of these models are basically head to head on safety, security and instrumentation, but C300 is a bit too techie

5. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Performance and engine specs

This is really where the rubber meets the road as the two cars go virtually head to head on many key features. Since both cars are the base trims of the models, it is simply amazing that so many specs come as standard for both vehicles. You can see the different specs below.

Spec 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 2019 BMW 330i

Transmission

Automatic Automatic

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel/Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122

MPG

23 City / 34 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy

Horsepower (Net @ RPM)

255 @ 5800 255 @ 5000

Torque (Net @ RPM)

273 @ 1800 295 @ 1550

2019-Mercedes-Benz-C300-and-2019-BMW-3-Series-engine

A 4-Cylinder 255hp engine provides enough power for compact sedans like this; they are also matched here

6. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Price

You can buy a used model of either of these models (see tips on how to buy a used Mercedes C300 or the BMW 330i ), or you cold buy a brand new model of either. See prices of each category below: 

Brand new price in Nigeria
Model 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 2019 BMW 330i
Brand new price in Nigeria ₦16,528,233-₦25,800,000 ₦14.4m -₦18.4m
Foreign used price in Nigeria
Model Mercedes-Benz C300  BMW 330i
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2008-2010 ₦3,700,000- ₦ 5,000,000 ₦1.8 million- ₦3.5 million
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2011-2016 ₦ 5,500,000 - ₦ 15,500,000 ₦2.85 million- ₦12 million
Tokunbo price in Nigeria 2017-2018 ₦19,500,000-₦23,000,000 ₦10 million- ₦ million
Locally used price in Nigeria
Model Mercedes-Benz C300 BMW 330i
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2009-2010 ₦2.5 million- ₦4 million ₦1.8 million- ₦3.5 million
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2011-2015 ₦4.5 million- ₦8.2 million ₦2.8 million- ₦12 million
Nigeria used price in Nigeria 2016-2017 ₦9. 5 million- ₦10 million ₦10 million-

7. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Pros and cons

What are the common pluses and minuses of these two vehicles?

  2019 Mercedes Benz C300 2019 BMW 3 series
Pros
  • Interior is excellent in styling
  • It is well equiped with standard features as wella s some optional features
  • Great engine 
  • Engne is lively 
  • Steering as well as suspension are sporty 
  • Seats are very spacious and also supportive
  • Awesome cargo space
Cons
  • Users complain it's not sporty enough
  • The technology has bee called "not user friendly" an confusing
  • Expensive compared to others in range
  • Infotainment tech is not always consistent
 

2019 BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Which one should you buy?

8. Verdict:

Having seen these two cars, one naturally could still be in a fugue abut which one to go of. First, both cars are great rides, but when you consider price, rear room, sportiness and handling, the BMW seems the better bargain, not by much, but still...

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7. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Pros and cons

What are the common pluses and minuses of these two vehicles?

  2019 Mercedes Benz C300 2019 BMW 3 series
Pros
  • Interior is excellent in styling
  • It is well equiped with standard features as wella s some optional features
  • Great engine 
  • Engne is lively 
  • Steering as well as suspension are sporty 
  • Seats are very spacious and also supportive
  • Awesome cargo space
Cons
  • Users complain it's not sporty enough
  • The technology has bee called "not user friendly" an confusing
  • Expensive compared to others in range
  • Infotainment tech is not always consistent
 

2019 BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Which one should you buy?

8. Verdict

Having seen these two cars, one naturally could still be in a fugue abut which one to go of. First, both cars are great rides, but when you consider price, rear room, sportiness and handling, the BMW seems the better bargain, not by much, but still...

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Table of contents:
6. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Price
1. Introduction
2. Overview of 2019 Mercedes Benz C300
3. Overview of the 2019 BMW 330i
4. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Style and design
5. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Performance and engine specs
7. Comparison of the 2019 Mercedes C300 and the 2019 BMW 330i: Pros and cons
8. Verdict