Compare 2012 Audi S4 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Audi S4
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus
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
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,990
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,300
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$788 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
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
City
18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars 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 - - 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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
185.7 180.8
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
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
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/45R17
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3847 3319
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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
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
Displacement
3.0L/183 1.8L/110
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
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
Trans Type
6 7
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi S4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Multi-Link
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 7.5
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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