Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2009 Audi A4

2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2009 Audi A4
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4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Sport 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Luxury 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Sport 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.5L Sport 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
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4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,388
$28,551
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,600
$30,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$527 / month
$512 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility. The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 16.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.86 11.3 x 0.47
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x 1.26 12.6 x 1.18
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 37.4
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Steering Servotronic
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.3
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P245/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P245/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3560 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2700 - 5000 258 @ 1500-4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 6000 211 @ 5300-6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 - TBD -
Trans Type
7 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 (R2 2.23) - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
427 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Audi A4
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
5-Arm Multi-link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
3-Link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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