2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
C63 AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

9.8

starting from

$61,175

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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Good braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.4 s @ 114 mph
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Quite powerful
451 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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Sporty performance
8.7 lb/hp
2011 BMW 328i

9.6

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
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"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
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Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Poor range on the highway
403 miles
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Very inexpensive
$37,475
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Winner: C63 AMG
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the C63 AMG's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the C63 AMG's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The best price we've seen is $23,700 cheaper (around 40% less), $37,475 vs $61,175
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Winner: C63 AMG
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  • The C63 AMG has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Winner: C63 AMG
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C63 AMG; but it's not available at all on the 328i
Practicality 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 403 miles vs 331 miles
  • Almost the same, 51.2 ft3 vs 49.0 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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C63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the C63 AMG's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the C63 AMG's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 328i

Cost

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C63 AMG
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2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $61,175 vs $37,475 The 328i has a great price and the C63 AMG is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 17 mpg The 328i has OK city mileage, while the C63 AMG is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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C63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The C63 AMG has a good number of airbags, but the 328i is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

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C63 AMG
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328i
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The 328i has an OK number of speakers, while the C63 AMG has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C63 AMG; but it's not available at all on the 328i

Practicality

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C63 AMG
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2011 BMW 328i BMW
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 331 miles vs 403 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 12.4 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 49.0 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the C63 AMG is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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C63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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C63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 451 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM The C63 AMG is fairly powerful, but the 328i is underpowered
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The C63 AMG has more gears and the 328i is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the C63 AMG's semi-automatic transmission and the 328i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The C63 AMG comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 8.7 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The C63 AMG is a sporty car, but the 328i is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 36.1 ft

Road Tests

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C63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 4.0 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The C63 AMG has a good 0-60 time, but the 328i is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 134 ft The C63 AMG has above average braking ability, but the 328i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.4 s @ 114 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph The C63 AMG's 1/4 mile time is good, but the 328i's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs 0.88 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 186 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 2011 Honda Accord EX-L C63 AMG vs Accord EX-L
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 2011 Toyota Camry XLE C63 AMG vs Camry XLE
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