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

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 89.0

Front Head Room (in)

38.0 37.1

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

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

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.9 17.4

Steering

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

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.5

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

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

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 1.92

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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