Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2016 BMW 4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2016 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the 4 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

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The C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the 428i Gran Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The C450 AMG’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 62 more horsepower (362 vs. 300) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 300) than the 435i Gran Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the C450 AMG is faster than the 428i Gran Coupe:

C-Class Sedan

4 Series Gran Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

14.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the C300 Sedan RWD gets better fuel mileage than the 428i Gran Coupe RWD (25 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

The C-Class Sedan has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Gran Coupe (17.4 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

C-Class Sedan

C450 AMG

428i Gran Coupe

435i Gran Coupe

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

The C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

C-Class Sedan

4 Series Gran Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the 4 Series Gran Coupe (111.8 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the C-Class Sedan is 1.7 inches wider in the front than on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The C450 AMG 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the 428i Gran Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe xDrive’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The C-Class Sedan has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 4 Series Gran Coupe can only carry 2.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The C-Class Sedan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Optional air conditioned seats in the C-Class Sedan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the C-Class Sedan will retain 46.38% to 53.72% of its original price after five years, while the 4 Series Gran Coupe only retains 43.47% to 46.02%.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Mercedes C-Class Sedan and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-Class Sedan second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 4 Series Gran Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The 4 Series hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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