BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

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Key Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$34,900
$48,400

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews
4.84 / 5
62 Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 hp
241 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4
2.0L Turbo Inline

Interior Features

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Optional

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 in.
42.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.3 in.
38 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.1 in.
6.4 cu. ft.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional

AC

AC
Optional

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
2

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional

Exterior Features

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Optional

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45VR18 - P225/50VR17
40R18 - P225/45YR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.6 in.
95.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.1 ft.
34.5 ft.

Length

Length
182.5 in.
162.8 in.

Width

Width
71.3 in.
71.5 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
3295 lbs.
3296 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 hp
241 hp

Torque

Torque
200 ft. lbs.
273 ft. lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.8 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
29 - 24 mpg
29 mpg

City

City
23 - 24 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
35 mpg
32 mpg

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional

Safety Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series
Mercedes-Benz SLC

Body Style

Body Style
Sedan
Roadster

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Compact Cars
Two-Seaters

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
5
2

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
3295 lbs.
48.8 ft³.

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
27 - 28 mpg.
3296 lbs.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
23 - 24 mpg.
27 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
35 mpg.
25 mpg.

Engine Order Code

Engine Order Code
_BC32_
32 mpg.

Engine Type

Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

Displacement

Displacement
2.0 L/122
2.0 L/121

Fuel System

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection

Trans Order Code

Trans Order Code
205, ZMT, _6MT05
9

Trans Type

Trans Type
6 - 8
Automatic w/OD

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD - Manual w/OD
5.35

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 - 4.71
3.24

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.00 - 3.14
2.25

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 - 2.11
1.64

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 1.67
1.21

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 - 1.28
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 - 1.00
4.93

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 - 3.29
3.07

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.08 - 3.15
6.6

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900
Strut

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 - 6.5
Multi-Link

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170
Strut

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
40R18, P225/40R18, P225/45YR17

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut
35R18, P245/35R18, P245/40YR17

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Compact

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P225/45VR18, P225/45YR18, P225/50VR17
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 8 in.

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR18, P225/50VR17, P255/40YR18
17 X 8.5 - 18 X 9 in.

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 8 in.
Compact in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 8.5 in.
Aluminum

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum
Steel

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
37.1 ft.
34.5 ft.

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.3 - 14.6 in.
12.7 - 14.2 in.

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 - 13.6 in.
11.8 - 13 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.8 gal.
15.9 gal.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.3 in.
38 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 in.
42.5 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
55.1 in.
52.2 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.7 in.
95.7 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
35.1 in.
162.8 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
55.1 in.
71.5 in.

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.6 in.
51.3 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
182.5 in.
61.4 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
71.3 in.
61.6 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
56.3 in.
4.4 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
60.3 in.
6.4 ft³.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
61.9 in.
0.86

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13 ft³.
0.72

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84
SLC

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67
Luxury Sport

Model Group

Model Group
3 Series
Convertible

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Intermediate Luxury
2.0

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sedan
DOHC

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
2.0
aluminum

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
4

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
4