14/12/2007 00:00 | By By Henry Biggs and Ian Dickson

Twin test: BMW 325i v Mercedes C280 review



Twin test of the BMW 325i v Mercedes C280 (© Image © James Lipman)

The cars we have here are somewhat anomalous in the current motoring and environmental situations, equipped as they are with big petrol, rather than diesel, engines.

What's more, they are both traditional three-box saloons, no flexible sliding seats, overhead lockers, four-wheel-drive or pseudo-SUV styling tricks here. That's a bit, well, boring, isn't it?

GALLERY: BMW 325i v Mercedes-Benz C280

BMW 325i and Mercedes C280 (© image by James Lipman © MSN)

Both cars may be up-to-the minute, stuffed with technology and sold by two companies which genuinely strive to push the envelope and bring innovation from the design lab to the driveway and yet both are starting to look like greedy dinosaurs compared to the more evolved diesels. After all, that bastion of motorsport , Le Mans, has fallen to the oil-burners and even Top Gear recently took a diesel to the racetrack. So is the petrol-powered saloon set to go the way of the T-Rex or is there life in the old monster yet?

"…The perception that BMW provides great drivers’ is certainly one envied by Mercedes"

Henry's view of the BMW 325i (© Image by James Lipman © MSN)

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Engine
2.5-litre straight-six, petrol
Power (bhp)
218 @ 6,100
Torque (lb/ft)
199 @ 2,400
0-60mph (secs)
6.7
Top speed (mph)
155
Combined MPG
39.8
CO2 (g/km)/tax (%) 
170/21
List price
£26,165

"…you are getting a car that makes the 3-Series look boring"

Ian's view of the Mercedes C280 (© Image by James Lipman © MSN)

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Engine
3.0-litre six-cylinder
Power (bhp)
228 @ 6000
Torque (lb/ft)
221 @ 2,500
0-62mph (secs)
7.2
Top speed (mph)
152 (limited)
Combined MPG
30.7
CO2 (g/km)/tax (%)
219/30
List price
£28,182

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