Compare 2011 Audi A4 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 Audi A4
2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Sport 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C 300 Luxury 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,040
$31,611
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,300
$33,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$538 / month
$567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91 88.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.2 4.1
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
26.5 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 12.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.47 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 17.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.5
Steering Type
Servotronic Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3527 3527
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
280 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 5300-6000 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500-4200 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.75
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.02 4.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.78
Trans Order Code
NA 411
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.97 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.25
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.49-0.37 5.10
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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