Comparison: BMW 330d Touring vs. Mercedes C350 CDI vs. Audi A4 3.0 TDI Avant

3-Series, Featured Posts | November 7th, 2012 by 11
BMW 330d Touring Mercedes C 350 CDi T Audi A4 Avant 3 0 Quattro Frontansicht 19 fotoshowImageNew eb21c83e 634982 750x500 Comparison: BMW 330d Touring vs. Mercedes C350 CDI vs. Audi A4 3.0 TDI Avant

The new BMW 330d Touring goes head-to-head with its Mercedes and Audi rivals, the C350i CDI and A4 3.0 TDI Avant. UK magazine AutoExpress takes …

The new BMW 330d Touring goes head-to-head with its Mercedes and Audi rivals, the C350i CDI and A4 3.0 TDI Avant. UK magazine AutoExpress takes on the task to compare the top three sport wagons in the premium segment.

BMW’s 330d Touring is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel turbo that delivers 255 horsepower. With slightly less torque than the C350 CDI, the BMW runs 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds. Thanks to a series of fuel efficiency features, the 330d Touring has an UK MPG of 40.4.

So how does it compare against its peers?

BMW 330d Touring Mercedes C 350 CDi T Audi A4 Avant 3 0 Quattro Frontansicht 19 fotoshowImageNew eb21c83e 634982 655x436 Comparison: BMW 330d Touring vs. Mercedes C350 CDI vs. Audi A4 3.0 TDI Avant

Verdict

On paper, these three desirable estates are evenly matched. It doesn’t take long with a tape measure and calculator to realise that each has been carefully benchmarked against the other. Yet in the final reckoning, the BMW takes a surprisingly comfortable victory.

While it’s barely any bigger than the Mercedes or Audi, the 3 Series is faster and sharper to drive, plus it uses much less fuel, is cheaper to tax and costs less to service.

Factor in desirable details such as the separate-opening glass tailgate, and the Touring takes a well deserved win.

Separating the Audi and Mercedes is tougher. The A4 is more engaging and boasts a brilliant four-wheel-drive system, but it also has a smaller boot and is hobbled by a firm ride – and when it comes to family friendly estates, hardcore driving dynamics should take a back seat to comfort. As a result, the refined and roomy Mercedes edges into second place.

Yet both have to give best to the BMW, which in 330d form is all the compact estate you’ll need.

Full review can be found here

BMW 330d Luxury Touring Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI quattro Merc C350 CDI Sport Plus Estate
On-the-road price/total as tested £37,200/£48,505 £38,545/£42,050 £37,575/£46,080
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000) £17,633 £15,302 £18,224
Depreciation 47.4%/£19,567 39.7%/£23,243 48.5%/£19,351
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £1,555/£3,110 £1,832/£3,664 £1,942/£3,884
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £1,939/£3,232 £2,511/£4,185 £2,318/£3,863
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 38/£588/E/£120 34/£523/G/£170 41/£650/G/£170
Servicing costs £350 (5yrs/60k) £21pcm (3yrs) £27pcm (3yrs)
Length/wheelbase 4,624/2,810mm 4,699/2,808mm 4,606/2,760mm
Height/width 1,429/1,811mm 1,436/1,826mm 1,459/1,770mm
Engine 6cyl in-line/2,995cc V6/2,967cc V6/2,987cc
Peak power 255/4,000 bhp/rpm 242/4,000 bhp/rpm 261/3,800 bhp/rpm
Peak torque 560/1,500 Nm/rpm 500/1,400 Nm/rpm 620/1,600 Nm/rpm
Transmission 8-spd auto/rwd 7-spd auto/4wd 7-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 57 litres/run-flats 61 litres/space saver 59 litres/space saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 495/1,500 litres 490/1,430 litres 485/1,500 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,680/550/1,800kg 1,725/570/1,900kg 1,760/530/1,800kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 11.3 metres/0.31Cd 11.4 metres/N/A 10.8 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs 3yrs (60k)/3yrs RAC 3yrs (unlimited)/4yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers Variable miles (1yr)/153 Variable miles (1yr)/121 Variable miles/136
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 14th/16th 15th/18th 8th/10th
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars 95/84/78/5 stars^ 93/84/39/5 stars^ 82/70/30/5 stars^
0-60/30-70mph 5.8/5.3 secs 5.9/5.5 secs 6.3/6.0 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 2.3/2.7 secs 2.7/3.8 secs 2.4/3.7 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th 3.7/4.7/5.7/8.4 secs 5.0/6.7/10.7 secs/N/A 4.5/6.1 secs/N/A/N/A
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 155mph/1,600rpm 155mph/1,600rpm 155mph/1,600rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 48.1/35.0/8.8m 45.9/33.7/8.6m 46.7/34.6/9.2m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph 64/43/61/67dB 66/44/58/68dB 69/46/60/68dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 40.4/8.9/507 miles 31.2/6.9/419 miles 33.8/7.4/439 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 44.8/62.8/55.4mpg 40.4/54.3/47.9mpg 38.7/52.3/47.1mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 9.9/13.8/12.2mpl 243/154g/km/24% 8.5/11.5/10.4mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 187/135g/km/21% 224/162g/km/26%
Airbags/Isofix/rear parking sensors Six/yes/yes Six/yes/yes Seven/yes/yes
Automatic box/stability/cruise control Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seats Yes/yes/£300 Yes/yes*/£300 Yes/no/£330
Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go Yes/£495/£470 £615/yes/£470 £645/yes/£930
Sat-nav/DAB/USB/Bluetooth £1,550/£305/yes/yes £1,695/£305/£255/yes £495/£335/yes/yes

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