G20 BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes C-Class vs Jaguar XE — Auto Express Test

3-Series, News | January 23rd, 2019 by 12
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It was only a matter of time before comparison tests started to roll out featuring the new G20-gen BMW 3 Series. Being that the 3 …

It was only a matter of time before comparison tests started to roll out featuring the new G20-gen BMW 3 Series. Being that the 3 Series is BMW’s most important car and it competes in one of the toughest automotive segments in the market, it’s only natural to want to see how the newest one handles its competition. In this new comparison test from Auto Express, they pit the all-new 3er up against the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE.

This is a good test because it compares the 3er to its closest rival, the C-Class, and one of the handling benchmarks in the segment, the Jaguar XE. We only wish an Alfa Romeo Giulia was available for a test, as that was truly the best handling car in the segment. Unless the new 3er can take it down, of course.

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In this test, the specific cars in question are as follows: BMW 320d M Sport, Mercedes-Benz C220d AMG Line and the Jaguar 20d R Sport. So all three cars have four-cylinder diesel engines, automatic gearboxes and rear-wheel drive, making it as fair as possible.

So how did the new 3 Series compare to some of its toughest competition? Well, to be brief, it beat them both. It wasn’t the absolute quickest car of the test, with the C-Class beating its 0-60 mph time by just one tenth of a second, but it was quicker most of the time, with the best in-gear acceleration. It’s also the best handling car of the bunch, which is a shocker because the XE is excellent to drive. The Jag was said to have slightly better steering but the Bavarian was the better dancer overall.

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It’s worth heading over to Auto Express to get the full breakdown of these three cars, as there’s a lot of info to unpack. Still, it’s exciting to know that the BMW 3 Series is back to being the best in its class. At least for now. Let’s see what happens when it takes on the Italian.

[Source: Auto Express]

12 responses to “G20 BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes C-Class vs Jaguar XE — Auto Express Test”

  1. mod9 says:

    Not surprised, really. I expected this, BMW has gone back to basics and I couldn’t be happier.

    I would also love the comparison with or against the Alfa. It should be interesting.

    • We’re working on it :)

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      What Car? just named 3er Executive Car of the Year, 5er for Luxury.

    • tom299 says:

      BMW wins because you don’t have to cross your fingers every time you press the Engine Start button.

      • Johnno says:

        What car interviewed 17000 people with new cars from the last couple of years. The data showed Alfa Guilias reliability is ahead of the 3 series. The feat was repeated both in 2017 and 2018. Indeed it was 3rd on the podium and was ahead of the 3 series in 2018.
        Alfa’s renaissance hasn’t been limited to its dynamic prowess but a MASSIVE focus on quality. Taking over and beating BMW and Mercedes. Stereotype is still lagging but if Alfa keeps this focus on quality up, it wont be long before the buying public drops this outdated stereotype.
        In Australia, the Guilia is offered with a 5 year warranty.
        Impressive stuff from the Italians and BMW has ever reason to be worried.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          Not in my city of 7 million, almost never see an Alfa.

          • Johnno says:

            Uuuuuuuuuuummmmm……………… what does the population of where you live have anything to do with a survey of 17,000 people from a country of 66 million?

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Nothing to do with you; I will point out the obvious that 1 of the largest, wealthiest markets in N. America makes a pretty good random sample, that & my employer of a decade ago built a dedicated showroom for Alfa’s return & had to wait years for inventory to sell. He can keep ’em.

          • Johnno says:

            Sorry to read you arent seeing any Alfa’s. Maybe a lack of dealers? They are an unknown entity and it will take time. For what its worth, Alfa sales are up 159% in the USA so they are selling, though no where near as much as BMW.
            Alfa have only been in states for the last 5 years. Prior to that, Alfa shipped 100 units of the gorgeous 8c. Its only now they are starting to broaden their product range; the 4c is a niche lotus competitor never expected to create volume, the Guilia is a 3 series competitor and by all accounts a superb vehicle and now the Stelvio, a SUV that seems to be doing very well. Alfa are launching 2 more SUV’s, a 2 door sports car and a super car.
            I wouldnt touch Jeep, fiat aren’t as bad as everyone says and well Alfa Romeo is now a state of the art brand which according to independant surveys show they are just as reliable if not better than its traditional rivals.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Didn’t even know there was an 8C! Gorgeous in photos. I’m old, so I have a different notion of Alfa – have you seen the Petrolicious Montreal video? Because they have such a storied history, it saddens me that they seem to be pursuing existing corporate models, hopefully their new product will be more original, as were their classics. BMW were unknown here when they started selling the 2002, look where they are now – hopefully the Italians can do the same!

          • seancorr says:

            Same here. Alfa exited the country I live in as BMW and Benz dominated the market. Even Lexus can’t compete with them in the numbers game. Good thing is every new BMW and Lexus has a 5 year factory warranty while Mercedes has 4 years.

  2. Arunabh says:

    it can’t get any more obvious than this. Way to go Baby Bimmer !

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