2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2021 BMW 3-Series

Exterior view of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 BMW 3 Series
2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 BMW 3 Series
255-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

Base Engine

255-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

Available Powertrains

9-speed automatic


8-speed 8utomatic

Driver Attention Monitor

Feature Not Offered



Car-to-X Communication

Feature Not Offered
12.3 inches as standard

Central Touchscreen Display

8.8 inches as standard

If you’re looking for a new luxury sedan for your daily drives in Huntington Park, then you may be comparing the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and 2021 BMW 3-Series. Both of these models offer premium features and admirable performance for your daily drives. In our opinion, however, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go above and beyond your expectations. Compare the BMW 3-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class below to see how the C-Class outperforms the BMW 3-Series, then compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to the E-Class to see which of these luxury vehicles is right for your commute!  

Engines and Performance

Drivers comparing the BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class will notice that the two models offer very similar base-level engines. However, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers three separate engines with more power than the most powerful 3 Series. Compare the performance specs of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Powertrains

  • 2.0L I4 turbo with 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (C 300 Sedan, C 300 4MATIC®® Sedan)
  • AMG®-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo with 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 43 Sedan)
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo with 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 63 Sedan)
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque (AMG® C 63 S Sedan)

2021 BMW 3-Series Sedan Powertrains

  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 255 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder and electric motor with 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline-6 with 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque

The base-level C-Class includes rear-wheel drive while the rest of the lineup comes standard with a 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission. The 4MATIC®® AWD is standard on higher configurations, and if you progress to the AMG® line, you’ll be rewarded with AMG® Performance 4MATIC® AWD instead.

Premium Features

Whether you choose the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or the BMW 3 Series for your Huntington Park and Inglewood adventures, you’ll find excellent features on either model. Compare the Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. BMW 3-Series standard features below:

  • Power front seats with memory
  • Genuine wood trim
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Selectable drive modes
  • And much more!

As you explore both models, however, you’ll notice a few important differences. Here’s why we think you’ll prefer the Mercedes-Benz C-Class over the BMW 3 Series:

  • HANDS-FREE ACCESS® is standard in the C-Class, but requires an upgrade in the 3 Series. If you’ve ever struggled to open the trunk with your hands full, you know exactly how valuable this feature can be!
  • ATTENTION ASSIST® learns your normal driving behaviors and lets you know when it’s time to take a break. Like the optional Car-to-X-Communication, which allows drivers to share information with one another over the air, it’s exclusive to the Mercedes-Benz line. 
  • The 2021 C-Class Sedan comes standard with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. While the 3 Series offers similar features as standard, they measure just 8.8 inches diagonally.

Test Drive the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class at Mercedes-Benz of Los Angeles

Now that you’ve compared the C-Class vs. BMW 3-Series in depth, visit our Los Angeles showroom to learn more about the 2021 C-Class interior and performance with our team. We can take you on a tour of the C-Class lineup and put you behind the wheel for a test drive. Fill out our online finance application today to get started on the car buying process!

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