Compare 2012 Audi A4 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Audi A4
2012 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 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
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4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,227
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,500
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$542 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
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 - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91 88.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 180.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - - TBD -
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 - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3505 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.92 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.18 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40-0.38 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.92
Trans Type
1 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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