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BMW 3-Series Vs Mercedes Benz C-Class Vs Audi A4

Updated on October 12, 2015

Who is the leader in the C segment?

Comparison between these three compact sedans will give us the answer to the question who is the current leader in the C segment.

The image of the most commercial and the most desirable models that are coming from companies BMW, Mercedes and Audi is certainly reserved for the golden mean luxury, performance, and price. Although the recipe for success is more or less known, improving competition and the increasingly high standards of customer motivation to every novelty accompanied with great care. The tradition of the sports enjoyment is at the wheel "3-Series", the luxury and elegance of the interior "C-Class", a classic and extraordinary quality materials in Audi's "quads", and it did not limit us to examine in detail how the current models of compact premium sedan succeeded to the expectations of tradition, and how of a desire for change. In line with the trends, we also wanted to measure forces of modern diesel engines, which really convincing combine almost all the virtues which the modern customers of the aforementioned trio and expect, without neglecting performance but not really economical fuel consumption.

In the field of design, each of the three tested models is expected bring family characteristics, best practices of the past, current and modern details that are necessary for success. Emotions and sporty side we can say the emphasis is placed on the company BMW, which is the sixth edition of its 3-Series version, really promote harmonious look and aerodynamic silhouette. By tradition, the 3- Series look dynamic, sports-oriented, and in the same trim level, which includes an attractive 18-inch wheels, while Melbourne Red exterior color perfectly highlights the folds and lines on the sides. For many, the most important one, not the front of the high-risk experiments, and as the most recent aesthetic trick stands connected with the whole grille lights, popular kidneys, which is a solution that is promoted in the latest generation F30. On the other hand, Mercedes played in the map of elegance, with its dominant grille and nicely sculpted front bumper. The center part of the three-pointed star, and the lights at the top of harmonious cross the territory of the hood elements that stand out, with the Mercedes still attractive black and silver details like the wheels and side moldings still nice to fit into a balanced and distinctive styling of the sedan Stuttgart. The third in the series, Audi has left the cast of "Top Speed" magazine impression classically designed model, which fits perfectly into the current factory offer. While visible details that adorn all the newest models of the Audi offer, such as sharp and vibrant headlights, we can say that the main goal was to A4 acts maturely and with the express mission of connecting family oriented and business customers.

Comparison of the interior

Upon entering the interior, most attention was paid to the model that was last presented at the US market. Since it is a class that represents the majority of all the virtues of the Bavarian brand, we expected the typical sporty luxury, and the atmosphere they know best owners and enthusiasts of BMW. Reputation driving the car in the first place made us sit right in the driver's seat, because the "3- Series" known for almost a measured position and ideal ergonomics. The seat rimmed with red thread once again confirmed that BMW really few can match in terms of seating position, seat dimensions and line sports support, which does not reflect adversely on the everyday comfort. The rest of the cabin is designed in the classic BMW fashion, which puts the spotlight on the driver and the control pattern that changes very rarely and minimally. Though maybe someone will get in the way somewhat conservative design tools or space in the center console, the Sport trim level, tested trio was decorated with red accents adrenaline, which will undoubtedly nice for younger drivers. Unexpectedly, in direct comparison, the latest BMW proved to have the most room for knee and headroom in the rear, which is just one of many improvements that the German engineers put on their priority list.

The interior of the Audi A4 is combination of dark and peerless quality of the material, because when it comes to build quality "A4" really sets the standard. Softest plastic, high quality leather and silver accents form a unit which in addition to the classic pointed, somewhat cold style little can be criticized. This does not mean that the environment is designed flawlessly, as availability of space and design of certain elements such as the steering wheel can definitely be in line with Audi's reputation has improved in the future. Audi excels in the category of the latest multimedia equipment, perfect music system, and the list of praise is also consistent layout of the controls that do not require adjusting and reading the factory manual.

The latest "C-Class" confirmed a definite desire of Mercedes designers to get closer to the younger generation of buyers and interior design that leaves traditional solutions. Perhaps more importantly, in the current issue of "C-Class" to have its way, and a reduced "S class". Modern cabin is accented space that is available to the driver as the attractive steering wheel in perforated leather, and three instruments with a white background can be classified into the most successful on the market. Compliments and recorded the position and dimensions of the front seats, as well as nostalgic details like scale radio unmistakably reminiscent of the famous Mercedes' past period.

Specs and Engine Comparison

When choosing a combination of engine and transmission, we took into account the results of sales and harmony, with a little deviation Mercedes diesel engines and automatic transmissions provide in and on longer distances. We were expecting a very good acceleration and comfort, but the extent and cost of the family budget, and ‚Äč‚Äčtest is given primarily answer the finer points to be above the cost of future customers, and most definitely interested. In line with the experience, but also a tradition that had written a respectable company to say that the comparison of character and performance was marked really minimal difference.

On paper, the BMW is the strongest and has in practice given its maximum when accelerating, but also a strong subjective impression leaves. The new BMW 3-Series receives gas decisively, when 184 horsepower confirm the experience of Munich, and sports charm that really comes into play even in the "oil production" release. How diesel engine technology has progressed shows a stopwatch as 100 kilometers per hour version of "320d" arrives in 7.5 seconds. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also impressed us; it offers the option of complete automation, the attractive changes in the steering wheel, and a manual transmitting which might suit the character of the most impressive engines. The experience is "3- Series" gained from in 1975, including the most demanding terrain sports competitions is evident when testing always praised reliance and concepts drive the rear axle. Agility with which the latest trio changes direction at higher speeds, the way they behave even in the most demanding curves affects the self-esteem and even less experienced drivers to raise the mileage, and contributes to the "3- Series" is still taken as a measure of the overall manageability class. The possibility that the role of the family sedan offers sporty driving, and the potential it offers superb combination of engine and transmission was confirmed by all the qualities that have contributed to BMW and impose a customer who is feeling behind the wheel is a top priority. Numbers game says its eternal rival, the "C-Class" with "C220 CDI" approach too far, as it offers 170 horses, which are transmitted with excellent automatics also on the rear axle. However, in line with the legacy of "C-Class" is focused on the skillful balance of performance and comfort. The first meters gave an answer to the Mercedes concept suspension ensures a smooth feel in the cabin, and skill of relaxation that Mercedes studied for decades. Power is on the line and you feel that, even the "C-Class" to "hundred on" arrives convincingly, for 8.1 seconds.

The third, but not the last in the series, Audi has decided to thoughtful harmony of extraordinary strength and comfortable driving. The only one in the group, Audi has decided to transfer 177 horsepower to the front axle, which is undoubtedly reflected in driving behavior, we have to practice to feel sharper bends. Safe and predictable, "A4" is definitely the right choice of customers who appreciate a quiet and comfortable ride, and who have expressed sporting ambitions of the Audi offers remain a privilege of the series "S4". Arguably braking, excellent performance (0-100 km / h 7.9 s) provided by the legendary common-rail system with the assistance of the turbine, it is substantially less noisy TDI engine complete balanced performance Audi is definitely the taste of most customers.


After a thorough comparison the dilemma that is naturally imposed at the beginning of the study. No matter how they are similar and adapted to current trends, "3-Series", "C-Class" and "Audi A4" carry a strong heritage, the specifics of which manufacturers insist, and that loyal customers certainly appreciate and respect. Because of this, it would be wrong to declare the best, because all three models proved to be the best just too different categories of customers, who already have developed a system needs. It remains to choose all your cocktail and a dose of sporty style, image, or tradition, quality and satisfaction that provides premium trio, definitely will not be missing.

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