Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 2 Series VS 2015 Mercedes C-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW 2 Series

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2015 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the 2 Series and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the BMW 2 Series is safer than the C-Class Coupe:

2 Series

C-Class Coupe

Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

17 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

17 cm

19 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

2/1.9 kN

3.14/2.62 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

3.7/3.5 kN

5.2/4.4 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2 Series its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-Class Coupe is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2014.

Warranty Comparison

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Coupe.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The 228i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (240 vs. 201) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (255 vs. 229) than the C250 Coupe’s standard 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The M235i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (320 vs. 302) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 273) than the C350 Coupe’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the M235i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. is faster than the C350 Coupe (automatics tested):

2 Series

C-Class Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series gets better fuel mileage than the C-Class Coupe:

2 Series

C-Class Coupe


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Manual

22 city/34 hwy


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/36 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./6-spd Auto

21 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/35 hwy


1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./6-spd Auto

20 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Mercedes only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the C-Class Coupe C350.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 2 Series’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Coupe:

2 Series

C-Class Coupe

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.6 inches

The 2 Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the C250 Coupe are solid, not vented.

The 2 Series stops shorter than the C-Class Coupe:

2 Series

C-Class Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 2 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

The 2 Series is 6.2 inches shorter than the C-Class Coupe, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 2 Series is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the C-Class Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series has 3 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Coupe.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the 2 Series is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The C-Class Coupe’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 2 Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The 2 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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