Compare 2011 Audi A4 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 Audi A4
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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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
$35,247

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$36,300
$37,900

Monthly Payment Estimate

$605 / month
$632 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
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. 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

Highway

27 mpg 25 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small Station Wgn Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 54.9

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.5 54.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

90 88.2

Second Head Room (in)

38.2 36.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.3 55.0

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 41.7

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 52.3

Second Leg Room (in)

34.3 33.4

Front Head Room (in)

40.4 37.1

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.6 60.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.2 4.5

Length, Overall (in)

185.2 182.3

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

69.7 -

Height, Overall (in)

56.5 56.9

Liftover Height (in)

24.8 - TBD -

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.1 60.8

Wheelbase (in)

110.6 108.7

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.9 69.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

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 - -

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 - -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- 12.4

Brakes

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 Pwr

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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.2 17.4

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.3 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.4 35.5

Steering Type

Servotronic Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.5

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/50R17 P225/45R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/50R17 P225/45R17

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)

3814 3737

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Alloy Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.4 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

280 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

258 @ 1500-4200 221 @ 2700 - 5000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 3.0L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

211 @ 5300-6000 228 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

21 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 20

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.92

Trans Type

8 7

Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.87 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - -

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.40 3.42/2.23

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.86

Trans Order Code

NA 427

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.52 3.27

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.37

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Automatic

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.73

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.82

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 4.38

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Body Style

4 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

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 Multi-link

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

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.8 9.3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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