To find out which German turbocharged 4-cylinder sports sedan sits at the top in their segment, U.S. magazine Road and Track tests the BMW 328i against the Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport.
With the new generation F30 328i, BMW moved away from the six-cylinder engine and into the era of four-cylinder turbocharged units. Initially the move was received with skepticism by consumers and BMW fans, but recent tests have proven that the four-banger is a phenomenal unit.
The 2.0 liter inline-4 makes 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, compared with 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque found in the previous E90 328i.
Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport comes fitted with a 1.8-liter powerplant rated at 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. As for transmissions, the 7-speed 7G-tronic Plus automatic is the only one offered for the C250 Sport, while BMW offers the 328i with either a ZF 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual as standard option.
As tested, the 2012 BMW 328i costs $50,870 and the C250 Sport comes in at $41,880.
A full review and verdict, can be found in the video below and at Road & Track.