2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a game-changer, as it takes a more pronounced turn toward edgier performance-oriented rivals like the 3-Series and G35 without forgetting about its luxury base.

The result is two different model lines--Luxury and Sport--that appeal to different types of buyers.

The Sport, however, provides handling prowess that's nearly as satisfying as the 3-Series and G35, although its steering isn't as sharp as the Infiniti's.

Meanwhile, with an expanded list of standard conveniences, the base Luxury model trumps the base Lexus IS model with a better, more balanced driving experience and a quiet interior that allows more generous front seating.

The Audi A4 offers an especially frugal yet peppy base engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder in its 2.0T model, for those seeking better fuel economy, but its dated design is due to be replaced for 2009.

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Quick Specs
8.0
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
8.6
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
MSRP From  
$31,600$30,700$32,700
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class  
CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
AutomaticCVTManual