Compare 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2011 Audi A4

2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2011 Audi A4
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,611
$30,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$32,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$538 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.2 91
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 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)
60.4 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.1 4.2
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 185.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12.0
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
Pwr 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 17.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 37.4
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion 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
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3527 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 280
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 6000 211 @ 5300-6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2700 - 5000 258 @ 1500-4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 30
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.63 3.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.78 NA
Trans Order Code
411 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 5.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.10 2.49-0.37
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.75 NA
Trans Type
6 1
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.)
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 7.5
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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