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!
Current: F30 318d Sport manual, AW, 18" alloys
Sold: R56 MINI Dooper 2010, Chilli, Bluetooth
Sold: E93 325i M-Sport auto 2007
Sold: E91 320d SE 2005
Sold: E46 318Ci Coupe 2002