Motor Trend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman hosted the near ten-minute segment. The first thing that caught our attention was that a good portion of his coverage was actually devoted to covering them as a daily ride, which is relevant to, hmmm, 99.9-percent of the drivers out there. In fact, while there were the usual 0-60 type performance tests, there wasn’t a racetrack to be seen.
As for the cars, Lieberman found the Mercedes C-Class seats uncomfortable and the ride “choppy.” He points out that while he had no problem with the C-Class’ steering, other colleagues found it too “light.” Apparently they’ve never had to park cars in tight parking spaces…or they have Popeye-sized forearms. Lieberman’s biggest issue was that while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class performed all its functions as a car competently and solidly (“like a bank vault”), there was “no sense of wonder” as expected in a sport sedan. In fact, he feels the Mercedes-Benz C-Class stumbled because it didn’t prioritize being a sporty car first.
As for the BMW, Lieberman points out the turbo-lag in the 2012 3 Series’ engine but basically gives it a pass as irrelevant. He also brushes aside complaints about past BMW 3 Series’ interior materials and iDrive infotainment; they’ve all been fixed, and are either better than the competition (interior) or it’s the “best one” yet (iDrive). Most importantly, muses Lieberman, the 2012 BMW 3 Series is a sports sedan first and foremost: it drives hard (get ready for tickets), handles corners well, and encourages you to drive more (increase fuel costs).
So who won the comparison? It’s not hard to figure out, but check out the video anyway:
Source: Motor Trend