Twin Test BMW 316i vs Mercedes C180 NextLevel EntryLevel (Part…

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Mercedes-Benz C 180 AT Special Series

Twin Test BMW 316i vs C180 — Next-Level (Part 1)

These 1.6-litre from BMW and Mercedes-Benz deliver a experience every inch of their respective badges

a decade or so ago, buying an German car usually meant you got the rights associated with the (four rings, blue-white three-pointed star), but not much More often than it also meant you got a car no better and/or no faster than average Japanese equivalent. for showing off, but not so much for driving and being in it

BMW 316i

are different now, what trickle-down technology and, crucially, small-displacement turbocharged “Entry-level” these days mean a compromise (i.e. anymore.

Case in point – the two models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz we on test here, the 316i and the CGI. Both are equipped 1.6-litre turbo 4-cylinders 136bhp and 156bhp respectively, but let their Category A engine and humble power figures you both cars punch far their weight.

Granted, they may not have the toys such as satellite that their brethren up the hierarchy have, but there any glaring omissions in equipment, so feels like a cut-price An infotainment system with a screen is standard fare for Teutonic pair, as is a start-stop to mitigate somewhat their wrought on Mother Earth.

they retain many on the surface, not least because represent two of the most affordable to compact executive saloon both appeal to wildly crowds.

Mercedes C180


Both 1.6-litre saloons far above their weight

To the of 3 Poised, refined, and sips while delivering decent – the 316i performs way beyond basement

It’s no secret that we BMW’s latest 3 Series. The consensus among the Torque is that it’s been the car to in the segment since its debut last year. However, we like its bigger-engine and more siblings, our impressions might change when it comes to the member of the 3 Series range.

the modest-sounding 136bhp 1.6-litre in the be an engine-downsize too far? After the last time BMW used a engine in a 3 Series was back in the (the E36-model 316i), and if honest, the results were a underwhelming (see sidebar on the

On paper and two decades on, it still sound all too promising for the baby 3. It has a power deficit on the C-Class and 24bhp less than the Audi A4, the 1.8 TFSI. There’s no way to say this – the 316i is the least member of Germany’s traditional triumvirate.

Downsized, not out Turbocharged 136bhp a 1.6-litre doesn’t sound a lot, but press your foot down and you might be

Mercedes-Benz C 180 AT Special Series

So, while it might look the thanks to the M Sport styling (a $7,000 option comprising and interior styling addenda, with racy red leather the reality just might be a of history repeating itself. with the new 3 Series being far and the biggest car in the segment, the 316i like it’s going to end up as the executive that couldn’t.

A figure of 220Nm and a century timing of 9.2 seconds don’t too impressive, or even adequate, but the car never feels like wanting for grunt. In fact, we laboring under the impression it the C180 in power.

Much of this, we think, down to the slick 8-speed gearbox it comes with a transmission is shared throughout the 3 lineup. It delivers the sort of shifting we’d normally with dual-clutch gearboxes, but without the low-speed lurch.

does it red trim courtesy of the M package does much to the somber cabin, but grey and still dominate

Of course, the plant also has quite a to play in that. Despite the smallest petrol engine BMW offers (at least until the new 3-cylinder units make debut), it’s hardly in spirit. Twin-scroll turbocharging, valve timing, and direct all feature in the 316i engine, it technologically identical to those of the and 328i.

There’s quite a bit of clatter at idle, but in all fairness, a situation endemic to most lean-burning direct-injection petrol The good news is, there’s a pleasing, rorty note to be the higher you go up the rev range. If we have one with it, it would be that it to hold on to a taller gear is ideal, which leaves it a flatfooted when exiting

Lucky number eight 8-speed automatic boasts shifts and great responsiveness

But the gem is the chassis. Its light on its feet, balanced, and always supple still delivering excellent control. That the 316i 16.9km perlite, has room for passengers in the back, and offers 480 of boot space is but the icing on an very tasty cake.

little wonder that it was the winner in the compact executive category of our 2012 ST-Torque In Class awards. If you can get a bunch of motoring writers (who behave like cats in a bag these things) to agree on a worth, it really must be special. Of course, the 316i for everybody. There’s the aggressive and the “wannabe yuppie” image. So, for possessed of more delicate we present the challenger.

Mercedes-Benz C 180 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 180 AT Special Series

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