Used test: BMW 4 Series coupe vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
Looking good for less has never been cheaper, but which of these two used coupes with a premium label represents the best bargain?...
What are they like inside?
Much of a coupé’s charm comes from the sense of occasion you feel when sliding behind the wheel, and in this regard, the Mercedes has the edge. The cabin features an eclectic mix of black ash wood and brushed aluminium trim, while our car was made even swankier by the optional leather-effect dashboard finish. Mind you, the Mercedes is let down slightly by flimsy-feeling air vents and a centre console that emits unseemly squeaks when you prod it. The BMW’s interior might look a little ordinary by comparison, but it feels more sturdily assembled.
The 4 Series also has the better infotainment system, aside from its slightly smaller screen. It’s much easier to use than the Mercedes’ system, which can sometimes be so unfathomable that you need to resort to the owner’s manual. This is true no matter whether you stick with the standard Garmin-based system or find a car with the more sophisticated optional Comand system as featured on our test car.
Despite having pedals that are offset slightly too far to the right, both cars have excellent driving positions, with low-slung sports seats that hug you tightly at the sides. However, it’s certainly easier to get comfortable in the Mercedes, thanks to its standard electric seats with adjustable lumbar support. You’d need to find a 4 Series that had the fully electric seat adjustment box ticked when new, but the 4 Series does come with adjustable side bolsters as standard, as well as a seatbelt extender that hands you your belt when you get in the car.
Up front, both cars have plenty of space for taller adults, although if you’re much more than six feet tall you’ll want to avoid a C-Class coupe with a headroom-robbing optional panoramic roof.
Both cars have two seats in the back, but the 4 Series’ will accommodate a couple of adults in reasonable comfort. By contrast, the C-Class’s tighter rear head room means adults won’t be as comfortable on long journeys. The BMW also has a slightly bigger and better-shaped boot, too. However, the C220 d comes with split-folding rear seats and a ski hatch, which, again, was an extra on the 4 Series.