Compare 2012 Audi A4 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Audi A4
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 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
$34,615
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,400
$37,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$607 / month
$620 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
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. 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 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagons Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 50.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 37.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90 81.0
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 54.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 108.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 180.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - -
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 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - - TBD -
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 - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3814 3419
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Summary
Body Style
Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 7.5
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
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
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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