How expensive is the new Mercedes C-Class? A first price comparison between the cheapest Mercedes C-Class, and the cheapest BMW 3 Series, 318i. Price comparison Mercedes C 180 vs BMW 318i.
After Mercedes announced the prices of the new Mercedes C-Class last week, we present now the first price comparison between the cheapest Mercedes C-Class, C 180, and its rival BMW 318i.
The cheapest Mercedes C-Class, C 180, costs 41,138.30 euros and is powered by a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo engine with 170 HP/250 Nm assisted by a 48V mild hybrid system with integrated 20 HP starter generator. The 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission is standard.
By comparison, the BMW 318i costs 37,200 euros and is powered by a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine that develops 156 HP/250 Nm, the propulsion system being classic. Mild hybrid is available for 318d/320d/320d xDrive/330d/330d xDrive/M340i xDrive/M340d xDrive but not for 318i.
BMW 3 Series comes also standard with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission (exception 318d).
So, there is a difference of almost 4000 euros between the two models. Indeed, Mercedes offers an extra 14 HP and a mild hybrid system while the maximum torque of 250 Nm is identical for both models.
But let’s do an analysis of the standard features of the two models.
The Mercedes C 180 has standard 17-inch wheels with 225/50 R17 tires, while BMW comes standard with 16-inch turbine-design alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tires.
Both models have standard full LED headlights (High Performance LED at C 180), automatic air conditioning with 1 zone (the one with 2 zones costs 297.50 euros for Mercedes).
Optionally you can order automatic air conditioning with 3 zones at BMW (730 euros) and Thermotronic with 4 zones at Mercedes (1,094.80 euros).
Both models come standard with multimedia systems without navigation: BMW LiveCockpit at BMW and MBUX at Mercedes. However, Mercedes is at an advantage because it offers standard digital instrument cluster on a 10.25-inch display while BMW has only analog instrument cluster and a 5.1-inch display between the dials.
The MBUX multi-media system has an 8.9-inch touch screen while BMW has a standard 8.8-inch touch screen.
Optionally, Mercedes offers three configurations for the multimedia system:
– Infotaiment (1,779.05 euro) which add navigation to the standard displays: 10.25 inch for the instrument cluster and 8.9 inch for the central display
– Advanced Infotainment (2,731.05 euros) which come with 12.3 inch instrument cluster and 11.9 inch central display
– High-End Infotainment (3,195.15 euros) which has additional MBUX Augmented Reality for navigation
The BMW 318i has only one option for navigation: the top BMW Live Cockpit Professional multimedia system with 12.3 inch cluster instrument and 10.25 inch touchscreen.
Mercedes offers two equipment lines in addition to the standard one:
– Avantgarde 952 euros
– AMG Line 3,094 euros
BMW comes with 4 model lines in addition to the standard one:
– Advantage 38,200 euros
Sport Line 40,500 euros
Luxury Line 42,500 euros
MSport 43,300 euros
|Model||Mercedes C 180||BMW 318i|
|Engine/no. of cylinders||L4, turbo+mild hybrid||L4, turbo|
|Max. output (HP/rpm)||170+20/5500-6100||156/4500-6500|
|Max. torque (Nm/rpm)||250/1800-4000||250/1300-4300|
|Boot volume (l)||455||480|
|Top speed (km/h)||231||223|
|0-100 km/h (s)||8,6||8,4|
|Fuel consumption (l/100 km)||6,2||6,3|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||141||142|
|Price (euro with VAT)||41,138.30||37,200|
|Full LED lights||serie||serie|
|Automatic air conditioning 1-zone||serie||serie|
|16/17 inch alloy wheels||-/serie||serie/1260|
|Digital instrument cluster||serie||option|
|Top navigation system||2731.05||2800|