BMW 4 Series Coupe vs Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Coupes need to entertain as well as look great. Can the Mercedes C-Class Coupe eclipse the BMW 4 Series?

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BMW 4 Series Coupe and Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Our verdict

The win goes to the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, but it’s close. The BMW 4 Series is still a fine car, and was slightly hamstrung here by an optional four-wheel-drive system that blunts performance, cuts efficiency and harms handling.

Nevertheless, the new C-Class Coupe is a worthy winner. It’s quick, comfortable, good to drive, well equipped and cheaper to run than its rival. A more user-friendly infotainment system may even have earned it an extra star.

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1st – Mercedes C-Class Coupe

For Ride on optional air suspension; decent kit; reasonable running costs

Against Clunky infotainment system; less rear space; smaller boot

Verdict Does the things a coupe needs to that little bit better

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full Mercedes C-Class Coupe review

2nd – BMW 4 Series Coupe

For Spacious rear seats and boot; infotainment; superior traction

Against Noisy; four-wheel drive hinders pace and handling; pricey

Verdict Still a fine car, but the rear-wheel-drive version is better

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full BMW 4 Series Coupe review

Specifications: BMW 420d xDrive M Sport auto

Engine size 2.0-litre, diesel

List price Β£38,685

Target Price Β£34,747

Power 187bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-62mph 7.7sec

Top speed 142mph

Official fuel economy 60.1mpg

True MPG 44.1mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km

Specifications: Mercedes C-Class Coupe C 220 d AMG Line auto

Engine size 2.1-litre, diesel

List price Β£37,090

Target Price Β£33,812

Power 168bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-62mph 7.9sec

Top speed 145mph

Official fuel economy 67.3mpg

True MPG 51.0mpg

CO2 emissions 109g/km

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