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
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
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.9 12.4
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
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
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
Spare 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
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x 7.5
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
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 -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 3000-5000 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
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
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Independent

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