2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport

2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport

10.0

starting from

$34,865

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport

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Moon roof
Standard
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More airbags
6
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Average range on the highway
452 miles
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Entertainment system
Optional
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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Leather
Standard
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Average-sized front seats
51.2 ft3
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Average 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Winner: C300 Sport
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the C300 Sport's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Winner: C300 Sport
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  • The C300 Sport has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Winner: C300 Sport
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Winner: C300 Sport
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 17 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither offers paddle shifters
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • People mover
  • Both can be optionally configured with a rear seat that folds for extra storage space
  • Neither offers power outlets
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the C300 Sport's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the C300 Sport'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

Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
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 C300 Sport 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

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
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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 C300 Sport 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 C300 Sport; but it's not available at all on the 328i

Cost

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $34,865 vs $37,475 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Performance

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 228 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 15.5 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the C300 Sport
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.6 ft vs 36.1 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Practicality

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 452 miles vs 403 miles The C300 Sport has OK highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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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 The 328i has average-sized front seats, while the C300 Sport is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Optional Both can be optionally configured with a rear seat that folds for extra storage space
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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

Road Tests

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the C300 Sport is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 95 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Mercedes-Benz
C300 Sport
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport
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

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