Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2012 Audi A4

2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2012 Audi A4
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4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,364
$30,227
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,800
$32,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$580 / month
$542 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
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)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.4 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 91
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.8 185.2
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 - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x - 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)
- TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
35.5 37.7
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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 P245/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P245/45R17
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)
3319 3505
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 5500 211 @ 4300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
229 @ 2200 - 4300 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
Transmission
Trans Type
7 1
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 2.92
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 NA
Trans Order Code
427 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 5.18
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 2.40-0.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Audi A4
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 5-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 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
--
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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