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      11-01-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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F30 3-Series vs W204 C-Class - competition hotting up now

The configurator for the F30 is up on the BMW UK website, and I had a quick look at my favourite model, the 328i vs the closest equivalent C-Class.

A basic 328i SE with sat-nav added and not a lot else comes to a little over 30,500, and as standard this has the usual stuff you would expect, like Bluetooth, USB, climate, parking sensors and so on. You also get the 245bhp turbo petrol engine with 6sec 0-60 yet 40+mpg combined and 149g/km CO2.

The nearest equivalent C-Class is the C250CGI Elegance 125 Edition. Not quite the performance with 204bhp and 7sec 0-60, but economy and CO2 is much the same and you get the nice 7-spd auto as standard, plus a slightly more sumptious interior and sat-nav as standard. Price is much the same at 30,500.

Not seen any F30 reviews yet, but I suspect this is going to be a close run battle between these two, and if I were buying now I'd have a tough choice I think, at least on paper.

Will be interesting to see how the F30 is rated in reviews and by early owner experiences!
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