BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs Audi A4 vs Jaguar XE: Price comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on March 27, 2020

The BMW 3 Series' variant line-up in India has been rejigged. So, here's a comparison of the four main competitors in the entry-level premium sedan segment terms of their prices.

Last week, BMW India silently updated the variant line-up and prices of the 3-Series. The erstwhile base variant – 320d Sport –got converted into 330i Sport, which means the entry-level 3 Series is now a petrol-powered version. The change was also accompanied by a price hike of ₹30,000, putting the 330i Sport's price at ₹41.7 lakh. The price change was also applied to the remaining two variants of the 3 Series, which saw a price hike of ₹60,000.

Last year, Jaguar launched the updated XE in the Indian market, with prices starting from ₹44.98 lakh. With the new generation XE, Jaguar also replaced its Pure, Prestige, and Portfolio trim nomenclature with Land Rover's. Now, the XE is available in just two trims: S and SE.

Just a few days before the new XE's launch, Audi had launched the Quick Lift Edition of the A4 sedan (available in both Premium Plus & Technology trims), which was essentially a mid-cycle facelift. However, the Quick Lift Edition is on sale alongside all the A4's previous variants.

As for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it received its last set of updates in August 2019, when Mercedes-Benz India upgraded the diesel variants with more feature additions. Consequently, the prices were also revised by ₹1 – 2.25 lakh.

So, with all four entry-level premium sedans having received significant price revisions over the past few months, here's a price comparison of all four:

BMW 3 Series
330i Sport (P) ₹41.7 lakh  
320d Luxury Line (D) ₹47.5 lakh
330i M Sport (P) ₹48.5 lakh
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Prime C 200 (P) ₹40.90 lakh
C 220d (D) ₹42.95 lakh
Progressive C 200 (P) ₹46.54 lakh
C 220d (D) ₹48.18 lakh
AMG Line C 300d (D) ₹51.25 lakh
Audi A4
Premium Plus 30 FTSI (P) ₹41.49 lakh
35 TDI (D) ₹43.39 lakh
35 TFSI Quick Line (P) ₹42.21 lakh
Technology 30 FTSI (P) ₹45.07 lakh
35 TDI (D) ₹46.96 lakh
35 TFSI Quick Line (P) ₹45.76 lakh
Jaguar XE
S Petrol ₹44.98 lakh
Diesel ₹44.98 lakh
SE Petrol ₹46.33 lakh
Diesel ₹46.33 lakh
Price Range - Petrol Variants
BMW 3 Series ₹41.7 lakh - ₹48.5 lakh
Mercedes-Benz C-Class ₹40.90 lakh - ₹46.54 lakh
Audi A4 ₹41.49 lakh - ₹45.76 lakh
Jaguar XE ₹44.98 lakh - ₹46.33 lakh
Price Range - Diesel Variants
BMW 3 Series ₹47.5 lakh
Mercedes-Benz C-Class ₹42.95 lakh - ₹51.25 lakh
Audi A4 ₹43.39 lakh - ₹46.96 lakh
Jaguar XE ₹44.98 lakh - ₹46.33 lakh

Almost instantly, one can notice that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers the lowest-level entry price of all four – ₹40.90 lakh for the C 200 Prime. The BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 follow with slightly higher entry price points (₹41.7 lakh & ₹41.49 lakh, respectively) and the Jaguar XE, without doubt, is the most expensive of the lot, starting from nearly ₹45 lakh.

With the 330i configuration available in the base Sport trim, the BMW 3 Series also happens to be the most powerful petrol-powered car in the lot (255bhp & 400Nm). At ₹41.7 lakh, the 3 Series offers more power & torque than the petrol Jaguar XE (247bhp & 365Nm), despite being nearly ₹3.3 lakh cheaper. 

At ₹51.25 lakh, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers the most powerful diesel-powered variant, C 300d AMG Line (241bhp & 500Nm), out of all four competitors here. But it's the A4 that takes a win (in terms of value-for-money), as it offers the most affordable top-spec petrol variant here (35 TFSI Quick Line –  ₹45.76 lakh). Likewise, the Jaguar XE takes home a win for offering the most affordable diesel top-spec variant (SE – ₹46.33 lakh).

You can read our comparison reports below for a more definitive verdict.

*All price figures are ex-showroom.

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