Used test: BMW 4 Series Coupé vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Looking good has never been cheaper, but which of these two used coupés with a premium label represents the best bargain?...

BMW 4 Series coupe

What will they cost?


Both cars come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, heated seats (of man-made leather in the C-Class and the real stuff in the 4 Series) and sat-nav. However, with the Mercedes, you also get luxuries such as LED headlights (the BMW makes do with xenon units), power-folding door mirrors and a reversing camera. This is reflected in their used prices, because the Mercedes is on average £500 more to buy, at £23,000, than the BMW at £22,500.

BMW 4 Series boot


There’s little difference in the amount these two will cost to insure, though, but servicing the Mercedes over three years will set you back more. You can set up a servicing plan to spread the cost in monthly payments, but the BMW goes one better by letting owners of cars that are three years or older have discounted maintenance at a dealership, unlike Mercedes. However, the C220d’s superior fuel economy and consequently lower CO2 emissions mean it will cost you less at the pumps and in road tax (VED); the Mercedes will cost only £20 annually, whereas the BMW attracts a significant £100 more.

Neither car has a Euro NCAP crash rating, but the saloons each is based on (the 3 Series and C-Class) both achieved five stars. That said, the Mercedes comes with nine airbags to the BMW’s six, along with city automatic emergency braking and a driver fatigue monitor – both optional extras on the 4 Series. Both cars come with an alarm and immobiliser and were awarded a five-star rating from Thatcham for resisting theft and four stars for withstanding being broken into.

Unfortunately for the Mercedes, though, it was the least reliable coupé according to our latest Reliability Survey. The BMW finished much higher in our rankings, a fact that is repeated when we looked at the brand’s performance across the board: BMW finished in 16th out of 31 car brands, while Mercedes was down in 26th.

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