Compare 2009 Audi A4 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2009 Audi A4
2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2-Door Convertible Automatic 2.0T quattro
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.5L Sport RWD 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD 12 19 $50,034 $53,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,851
$32,401
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,850
$34,840
Monthly Payment Estimate
$714 / month
$581 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling. More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.4 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 37.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 89.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
- TBD - 36.9
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
24.9 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.0 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.0 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
54.8 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.9 12.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.47 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 17.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.6
Steering Type
Servotronic Rack & Pinion Steering
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3737
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 3000-5000 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 6500 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
FSI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 17
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Automatic w/OD NA
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.52 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Tiptronic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar 5-Arm Multi-link

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