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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
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
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 C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,990
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,300
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$788 / month
$580 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line For those who like what they see in the pert Audi A4 sport sedan but want an emphasis on the 'sport'—without giving up any practicality—the 2012 Audi S4 is the way to go. 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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 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) 40.0 37.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.0 88.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 110.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in) 61.1 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 185.7 180.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 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) 13.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 35.5
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 -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/40R18 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/40R18 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) 3847 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 333 @ 5500 201 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas Supercharged V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 @ 2900 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 31
Transmission
Drivetrain All wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.92 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.42/2.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 2.86
Trans Order Code NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.68 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.13 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.67 4.38
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Audi S4 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 8.9 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall 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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