BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 BMW 3 Series

Nothing quite beats the impressive abilities of German engineering, especially when you’re looking to cruise around Tampa and South Tampa, FL, in a luxury sedan. When you’re looking to motor around Brandon and Wesley Chapel in style, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are at the top of your list.

To help you decide between BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans, we here at Reeves BMW Tampa created this BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class review. After reading, you’ll know which of these two vehicles is right for you.

Performance Capabilities

BMW 3 Series Performance Specs

When you drive a BMW or Mercedes-Benz vehicle, you expect to cruise around town with power that can’t be matched. With the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, that’s exactly what you’ll get. In fact, you’ll find that both vehicles offer comparable performance capabilities thanks to the 2.0L turbo engines found in both sedans.

However, if you want more than 255 horsepower, you’ll only get that with the 3 Series. This sedan has three different engine options, while the C-Class only has one.

BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz Engine Specs


3.L BMW TwinPower Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Horsepower (HP)

382 HP

255 HP


369 lb-ft

273 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

4.4 seconds

5.7 seconds

On top of more power, the BMW 3 Series also lets you travel farther distances thanks to its better EPA-estimated fuel efficiency. With the 3 Series, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 26 city/36 highway MPG, while with the C-Class, you’ll  only get an EPA-estimated 24 city/35 highway MPG.

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BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior

BMW 3 Series InteriorDriving a luxury sedan has many benefits. On top of a powerful performance, your sedan is also equipped with a premium interior that’s sure to maximize your comfort. Features like power adjustable seats, moonroofs, and advanced technology are all things you can expect inside your BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

While both vehicles have similarities, the 3 Series pulls ahead thanks to its extra standard features, like an automatic 3-zone climate control system. This allows you, your front-seat passenger, and your rear-seat passengers to independently set and adjust your climate settings as you travel, all without ever adjusting one another’s settings.

While this system is found on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you can only get this 3-zone system as an optional upgrade from the standard dual-zone automatic climate control system.


Spacious Dimensions

2020 BMW 3 Series Dimensions 2020 BMW 3 Series Technology

Whether you’re taking a quick cruise around town or you’re headed out on a weekend away, you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out in your sedans. However, you’ll have an easier time stretching out in the BMW 3 Series thanks to its larger dimensions:

BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Dimensions


3 Series


Headroom (front/rear)

38.7 inches/37.6 inches

37.1 inches/37.1 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42 inches/35.2 inches

41.7 inches/35.2 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

56 inches/54.6 inches

55.3 inches/55 inches

Thanks to these dimensions, you’ll have an easier time stretching your arms or legs than you’d have in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, allowing your commute overall to be more comfortable.

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BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Which Will You Choose?

While both the 2020 BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offer comparable features, you’ll see that the 3 Series offers more features to make your travels around Tampa and South Tampa more enjoyable.

Are you ready to find the BMW 3 Series that’s right for you? Head over to Reeves BMW Tampa, a family-owned dealership since 1971, to find the 3 series that will take your travels around Brandon and Wesley Chapel, Florida, to the next level. Visit our dealership today, where your expectations for great service are sure to be exceeded.