Compare 2012 Audi A4 vs 2012 BMW 3-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Audi A4
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2012 BMW 3-Series
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2012 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 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
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2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 4MATIC 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 RWD 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Luxury RWD 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,852
$43,790
$34,615
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,400
$47,600
$37,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$607 / month
$793 / month
$620 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans. Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagons Subcompact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 49.3 50.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.0 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 32.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.0 37.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 55.3 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90 84.2 81.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 36.5 35.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 59.6 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7 108.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 71.5 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 59.1 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 181.9 180.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - -
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 54.5 54.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.6 - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - -
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 11.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr 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 - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD - - TBD -
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)
16.9 16.1 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion 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)
37.7 36.1 35.5
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R17 225/45R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R17 225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3814 3825 3419
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 200 @ 2750 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 230 @ 6500 201 @ 5500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 28 31
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.94 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 3.23 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 - 0.73
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.32 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.70 1.92
Trans Type
8 6 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Wagon Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link 5-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 9.3 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5 6
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
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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