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

These classy coupés go for eye-catching prices, but which dazzles and impresses enough to be crowned the best used car buy – the 4 Series Coupé or the C-Class Coupé?...

BMW 4 Series coupe vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe

Our verdict

The Mercedes C-Class Coupé will woo you with its classy design and good levels of kit then waft you along comfortably on its air suspension. You'll enjoy its neat handling and reasonable running costs, too. However, what you won't like as much are the reliability concerns, and its suave interior is not as solid as the one in the BMW 4 Series Coupé.

What's more, the cheaper 4 Series has more traction and is more engaging to drive. It also has roomy rear seats and a spacious boot, and we adore its easy-to-use infotainment system. Perhaps if the C-Class Coupé could match or beat the 4 Series on price – and if it had a more reassuring reliability record – it would be a very close call. As it stands, though, the 4 Series is our used luxury coupé of choice here. 

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1st – BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Coupe vs Mercedes C-Class Coupe

For Spacious rear seats and boot; infotainment; superior traction

Against Noisy; four-wheel-drive system hinders pace and handling; costlier to run

Verdict Still a great used coupé, even if the rear-wheel-drive version is better still

What Car? star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used BMW 4 Series review here

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2nd – Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

BMW 4 Series Coupe vs Mercedes C-Class Coupe

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

Against Clunky infotainment, smaller boot and less rear seat space, reliability

Verdict Well equipped and fine for running costs, but questionable reliability does it no favours

What Car? star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Mercedes C-Class Coupé review here 

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Specifications: BMW 4 Series Coupé

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

Power 187bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 7.7sec

Top speed 142mph

Fuel economy 60.1mpg (NEDC Official average)

CO2 emissions 125g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Engine size: 2.1-litre diesel

Power: 168bhp

Torque: 295lb ft

0-60mph: 7.9sec

Top speed: 145mph

Fuel economy: 68.9mpg (NEDC Official average)

CO2 emissions: 109g/km

*Price today is based on a  2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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