Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 BMW M3 VS 2018 Mercedes AMG Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 BMW M3

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2018 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

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The M3 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The AMG C 63 Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the M3 and the AMG C 63 Sedan 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The M3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG C 63 Sedan’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C 63 Sedan.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M3 3.0 is faster than the AMG C 63 S Sedan (automatics tested):

 

M3

AMG C 63 Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.2 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG C 63 Sedan:

 

M3

AMG C 63 Sedan

Front Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

14.2 inches

The M3 stops much shorter than the AMG C 63 Sedan:

 

M3

AMG C 63 Sedan

 

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

118 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the M3 has larger standard tires than the AMG C 63 Sedan (F:255/40R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:265/35R18). The M3 Competition Package’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C 63 Sedan (F:265/30R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:265/35R18).

The M3 Competition Package’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG C 63 Sedan’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M3 Competition Package has standard 20-inch wheels. The AMG C 63 Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M3 is 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the AMG C 63 Sedan.

The M3 handles at .98 G’s, while the AMG C 63 S Sedan pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW M3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C 63 Sedan.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the M3 is quieter than the AMG C 63 S Sedan (46 vs. 52 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M3 has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG C 63 Sedan (96.2 vs. 92).

The M3 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG C 63 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M3 has a larger trunk than the AMG C 63 Sedan (13 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The AMG C 63 Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the M3 and the AMG C 63 Sedan have standard heated front seats. The M3 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the AMG C 63 Sedan.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M3’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C 63 Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its August 2015 issue and the BMW M3 won out over the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Sedan.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 23 years. The AMG C 63 Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 21 years. The C63 hasn’t been picked since 2009.

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