2019 BMW 2 Series vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 2 Series and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2 Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-Class Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Coupe.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 2 Series has a standard 170-amp alternator (210-amp - 2 Series 6 cyl.). The C-Class Coupe’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 2 Series’ reliability 15 points higher than the C-Class Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The C-Class Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

The M240i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (335 vs. 255) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the C 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the C-Class Coupe:

 

 

 

MPG

2 Series Coupe

RWD

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

C-Class Coupe

RWD

Auto

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

Auto

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the BMW 2 Series as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

The 2 Series offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and enjoyment. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The 2 Series Automatic’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The 2 Series stops shorter than the C-Class Coupe:

 

2 Series

C-Class Coupe

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The 2 Series Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the C 300 4MATIC pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 2 Series Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the C 300 4MATIC (24.9 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the C 300’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.8 feet). The 2 Series xDrive’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the AMG C 43 Coupe’s (37.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

The 230i is 9.8 inches shorter than the AMG C 43 Coupe, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 2 Series Coupe a Compact car, while the C-Class Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series Coupe has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Coupe (90 vs. 79.3).

The 2 Series Coupe has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Coupe (13.8 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 2 Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 2 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 2 Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 2 Series with a number “1” insurance rate while the C-Class Coupe is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 2 Series is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Coupe because it costs $288 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 2 Series than the C-Class Coupe, including $122 less for a muffler, $553 less for a fuel pump, $112 less for front struts and $317 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series first among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The C-Class Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The M235i/M240i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The C-Class Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The C-Class Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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