Compare 2018 Audi A4 vs 2018 BMW 3-Series vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Audi A4
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2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2.0 TFSI Premium Manual quattro AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A4 2.0 TFSI Premium Manual quattro AWD 24 33 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus Manual quattro AWD 24 33 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus S Tronic quattro AWD 24 34 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic quattro AWD 24 34 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Prestige Manual quattro AWD 24 33 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Prestige S Tronic quattro AWD 24 34 $37,666 $40,500
A4 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Manual quattro AWD 24 33 $40,176 $43,200
A4 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus Manual quattro AWD 24 33 $40,176 $43,200
A4 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus S Tronic quattro AWD 24 34 $40,176 $43,200
A4 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium S Tronic quattro AWD 24 34 $40,176 $43,200
A4 2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Plus S Tronic FWD 27 37 $33,480 $36,000
A4 2.0 TFSI ultra Premium S Tronic FWD 27 37 $33,480 $36,000
A4 2.0 TFSI ultra Prestige S Tronic FWD 27 37 $33,480 $36,000
A4 2.0 TFSI ultra Tech Premium Plus S Tronic FWD 27 37 $35,992 $38,700
A4 2.0 TFSI ultra Tech Premium S Tronic FWD 27 37 $35,992 $38,700
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium 22 30 $41,386 $44,500
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 22 30 $41,386 $44,500
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Prestige 22 30 $41,386 $44,500
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium 22 30 $43,896 $47,200
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 22 30 $43,896 $47,200
A4 allroad 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 22 30 $43,896 $47,200
S4 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 21 30 $47,802 $51,400
S4 3.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 21 30 $47,802 $51,400
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320i Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 320i Sedan 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i Sedan South Africa 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 328d Sedan 31 43 $39,330 $41,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sedan 30 40 $41,190 $43,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sports Wagon 30 40 $43,420 $46,150
3 Series 330e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid N/A N/A $42,910 $45,600
3 Series 330i Sedan 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i Sedan South Africa 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Gran Turismo 23 33 $42,395 $45,050
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sports Wagon 23 33 $42,025 $44,650
3 Series 340i Sedan 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i Sedan South Africa 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Gran Turismo 20 29 $47,835 $50,900
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan South Africa 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
M3 CS Sedan 16 22 $91,875 $98,250
M3 Sedan 17 25 $62,345 $66,500
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AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible 19 26 $56,544 $60,800
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 20 27 $51,987 $55,900
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 20 27 $49,662 $53,400
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 22 $68,355 $73,500
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 23 $62,775 $67,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 22 $75,795 $81,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 23 $70,215 $75,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 18 24 $68,541 $73,700
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 18 24 $61,473 $66,100
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 29 $49,476 $53,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 22 30 $42,036 $45,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 23 32 $39,293 $42,250
C-Class C 300 Convertible 22 29 $47,616 $51,200
C-Class C 300 Coupe 22 30 $40,176 $43,200
C-Class C 300 Sedan 24 33 $37,433 $40,250
C-Class C 350e Sedan N/A N/A $44,547 $47,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,666
$32,955
$56,544
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,500
$34,900
$60,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$675 / month
$582 / month
$1013 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
6.7
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Audi S4 balances perfectly performance with luxury in a package that's both practical and sharp. Hardly a recipe for excitement, but one that touches all the bases. The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions. Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.7 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 55.1 51.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.3 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.1 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.1 32
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42 42
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.3 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.3 62.1
Length, Overall (in)
186.1 182.5 184.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 56.3 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 61.9 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
111 110.6 111.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 13 8.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.3 12.3 14.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 11.8 12.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 15.8 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 37.1 36.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P225/50VR17 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA STDTR
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P225/50VR17 P225/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA STDTR
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3582 3295 4145
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
420 900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 170 180
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 5000 180 @ 5000 362 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 1600 200 @ 1250 384 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 3.0 L/183
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24 19
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.28 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.29 4.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 3.14 3.24
Trans Order Code
NA 205 421
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 1.67 1.64
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 4.71 5.35
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 3.15 3.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 2.11 2.25
Trans Type
6 8 9
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 0.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 0.72
Summary
Body Style
quattro Sedan Sedan 4MATIC Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.3 8.0
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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