W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is bigger than G20 BMW 3 Series; cast your votes

Shaun · Feb 25, 2021 07:58 PM

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In this exercise, we’ll compare the recently-announced 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) against its main rival, the G20 BMW 3 Series. This is merely a visual comparison as the W206 C-Class has yet to arrive in Malaysia.

Exterior

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) looks sharper than its predecessor, with slimmer headlamps and taillamps. The front grille is now A-shaped, which appears more aggressive.

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The G20 BMW 3 Series should be a familiar sight by now, with its notched headlamps that is said to hark back to the E46 generation 3 Series and the enlarged grille.

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At the rear, the taillamps of the W206 C-Class now stretches horizontally to the boot lid with a triangular design, which is now the current design cue of Mercedes-Benz.

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The G20 3 Series’ taillamps feature “L” motif graphics with darkened areas. The exhaust tips are real and will pass any stick test.

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Dimensions
Dimensions W206 C-Class G20 3 Series
Length (mm) 4,751 4,709
Width (mm) 1,820 1,827
Height (mm) 1,438 1,435
Wheelbase (mm) 2,865 2,851

In terms of exterior dimensions, the W206 C-Class is ever so slightly larger than the G20 3 Series, with longer wheelbase and overall length.

Interior

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Even in the outgoing C-Class, the W205, the sweeping interior design has withstood the test of time quite well. In the new W206 C-Class, Mercedes-Benz has introduced a raft of technology, with larger screens and a reduction of physical buttons. It looks flashier than ever.

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Over in the G20 3 Series, it’s identifiably BMW, which is to say conservative. There are some angular design elements and with metal trims to give the interior a little flair.

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Infotainment and Tech

The W206 C-Class is equipped with the second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). It features the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant, Smart Home, an integrated music streaming service and augmented reality (AR) technology. Over time, it will receive over-the-air (OTA) updates.

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The G20 2 Series features BMW Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system, which runs on BMW Operating System 7.0. It features Intelligent Personal Assistant, a voice assistant that is similar to the C-Class.

Powertrain

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There are a variety of engine choices for the C-Class from petrol to diesel, but we’re focusing on the options most that are more relevant to the Malaysian market - the C200 and C300.

W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Powertrain
  C200 C300
Engine 1.5L 4-cyl turbo,  2.0L 4-cyl turbo
Displacement 1,496 cc 1,999 cc
Transmission 9-speed auto 9-speed auto
Max. Power Output 204 PS 258 PS
Max. Torque 300 Nm 400 Nm

The C200 is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with an integrated starter generator (ISG), producing 204 PS/300 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, The C300 gets a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with ISG as well. It makes 258 PS/400 Nm of torque, which coincidentally, is identical to the BMW 330i’s output.

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Unlike the W206 C-Class, the 320i isn’t a mild-hybrid with 48V architecture. It gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 184 PS/300 Nm. The 330i features the same engine albeit tweaked to produce the aforementioned figure of 258 PS/400 Nm.

G20 BMW 3 Series Powertrain
  320i 330i
Engine 2.0L 4-cyl turbo 2.0L 4-cyl turbo
Displacement 1,998 cc 1,998 cc
Transmission 8-speed auto 8-speed auto
Max. Power Output 184 PS 258 PS
Max. Torque 300 Nm 400 Nm

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets upgraded ADAS, but it remains to be seen if our local spec model will receive them. So, we’ll hold off on comparing the ADAS for now.

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And that’s about it for the comparison. Do you think the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is worth waiting for over the BMW 3 Series?

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