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Old 27th May 2011, 19:28   #1
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Default BMW 316 Vs Merc C class

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I am moving out of India for employment and I am faced with the predicament of choosing between a BMW 316 or Merc C class for my company provided car. I've read some online threads comparing the two and I would like to seek the verdict here - the BEST forum known to me where I know I will get real unbiased opinions. Please help me out.

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Which Merc C variant? And where is the city/country where you will be owning this?
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316 petrol? Is it used, because AFAIK, this variant has ceased production (unless you talking about the diesel, or a used petrol). Either ways, the 316 makes for a very poor BMW, what with its small engine & cramped interiors.

What engine with the C Class? Even the entry-level C makes more power than the 316. Considering it's a company-provided car (lucky you!!), there is no worry about reliability or maintenance. On the information provided thus far, I recommend the C Class. More power, more space, a whole lot more comfortable and incredibly easy to drive.
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Thank you for the responses so far. It really helps.

I am relocating to Belgium and it would be a BMW 316D or a Mercedes C Class CDI 220. Well, the other option that I would perhaps have is a VW Passat. Now, I dont know if that changes the equation at all. Having said that I personally felt the Passat is a truly great car when I drove it while there last time around!



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316 petrol? Is it used, because AFAIK, this variant has ceased production (unless you talking about the diesel, or a used petrol). Either ways, the 316 makes for a very poor BMW, what with its small engine & cramped interiors.

What engine with the C Class? Even the entry-level C makes more power than the 316. Considering it's a company-provided car (lucky you!!), there is no worry about reliability or maintenance. On the information provided thus far, I recommend the C Class. More power, more space, a whole lot more comfortable and incredibly easy to drive.
Mate - relocating to Belgium. 220 CDI is the Merc C version

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I am relocating to Belgium and it would be a BMW 316D or a Mercedes C Class CDI 220.
Without doubt, the Mercedes C220 CDI. Much more power, and all the other advantages I mentioned earlier. Plus, it's a newer / fresher model too. I must say, you are literally having your cake & eating it too. Owning a Benz and getting someone else pay for the maintenance . On a related note, it's unfortunate that Mercedes India doesn't offer the same all-inclusive service packages that are available in Belgium. IIRC, the maintenance plans run as long as 7 years there.

Congrats on the career progression & the car. Drive safe in Europe.
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Once again thanks a lot for re-confirming your verdict! My job is a difficult one and the emotions range from euphoric to suicidal in matter of hours at my job!

But leaving my trademark cynicism aside - this is in fact a great one.

Just for the sake of curiosity - where does the VW Passat rank in the mix here?
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