Compare 2011 Audi A4 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 Audi A4
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2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,804 $47,100
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,804 $47,100
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,107 $48,500
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,107 $48,500
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
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4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,760
$42,735
$35,247
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,300
$46,450
$37,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$605 / month
$774 / month
$632 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan. Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 49.3 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 31.9 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 38.0 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 55.3 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90 84.2 88.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 36.5 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
69.7 - -
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 54.5 56.9
Liftover Height (in)
24.8 - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 59.6 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7 108.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 70.2 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 59.1 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.2 - TBD - 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 181.9 182.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
40.4 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
28.0 - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
39.4 - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
30.4 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
50.5 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 9.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.47 11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 12.3 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 16.1 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Servotronic Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.1 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3814 3825 3737
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
280 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 5300-6000 230 @ 6500 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500-4200 200 @ 2750 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.94 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.52 3.38 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - 0.73
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.32 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.66 1.92
Trans Type
8 6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Double Pivot Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link 5-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 9.3 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5 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
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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
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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