Compare 2021 Audi A5 vs 2021 BMW 4-Series vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2021 Audi A5
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2021 BMW 4-Series
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2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Premium 45 TFSI quattro
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A5 Convertible Premium 45 TFSI quattro 23 31 $47,376 $50,400
A5 Convertible Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 23 31 $47,376 $50,400
A5 Convertible Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 23 31 $47,376 $50,400
A5 Coupe S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $41,360 $44,000
A5 Coupe S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $41,360 $44,000
A5 Coupe S line Prestige 45 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $41,360 $44,000
A5 Sportback Premium 40 TFSI quattro 25 34 $39,292 $41,800
A5 Sportback Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro 25 34 $39,292 $41,800
A5 Sportback Prestige 40 TFSI quattro 25 34 $39,292 $41,800
A5 Sportback S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 24 31 $41,360 $44,000
A5 Sportback S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 24 31 $41,360 $44,000
A5 Sportback S line Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 24 31 $41,360 $44,000
RS 5 Coupe 2.9 TFSI quattro 18 25 $70,595 $75,100
RS 5 Sportback 2.9 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $70,876 $75,400
S5 Convertible Premium 3.0 TFSI quattro 20 26 $56,964 $60,600
S5 Convertible Premium Plus 3.0 TFSI quattro 20 26 $56,964 $60,600
S5 Convertible Prestige 3.0 TFSI quattro 20 26 $56,964 $60,600
S5 Coupe Premium 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
S5 Coupe Premium Plus 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
S5 Coupe Prestige 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
S5 Sportback Premium 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
S5 Sportback Premium Plus 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
S5 Sportback Prestige 3.0 TFSI quattro N/A N/A $49,351 $52,500
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430i Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4 Series 430i Convertible 24 33 $49,885 $53,100
4 Series 430i Coupe 26 34 $42,910 $45,600
4 Series 430i xDrive Coupe 24 33 $44,770 $47,600
4 Series M440i Convertible 23 31 $60,020 $64,000
4 Series M440i xDrive Coupe 22 31 $54,905 $58,500
M4 Competition Coupe 16 23 $69,970 $74,700
M4 Coupe 16 23 $67,275 $71,800
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AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible 19 27 $61,570 $65,500
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 19 27 $55,460 $59,000
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 18 27 $53,110 $56,500
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 25 $73,320 $78,000
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 26 $66,411 $70,650
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 25 $80,464 $85,600
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 26 $73,555 $78,250
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 17 26 $71,628 $76,200
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 17 26 $64,484 $68,600
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 30 $53,298 $56,700
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 23 32 $46,248 $49,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 23 33 $40,984 $43,600
C-Class C 300 Convertible 23 31 $51,418 $54,700
C-Class C 300 Coupe 24 33 $44,368 $47,200
C-Class C 300 Sedan 23 35 $39,104 $41,600

Pricing

Invoice Price

$47,376
$49,885
$61,570

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$50,400
$53,100
$65,500

Monthly Payment Estimate

$840 / month
$885 / month
$1092 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
6.8
7.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking. The redesigned 2021 BMW 4-Series has evolved into a technology powerhouse with wonderfully responsive powertrains, but the coupe lacks playfulness. Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

23 mpg 24 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

31 mpg 33 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

81 - -

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 41.8 42

Second Head Room (in)

36.3 36.1 35.6

Passenger Capacity

4 4 4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

46.9 43.9 47.8

Front Head Room (in)

38.3 40.6 38.8

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 55.1 54.8

Second Leg Room (in)

33.1 32.5 32

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.7 62.7 61.3

Wheelbase (in)

108.8 112.2 111.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.7 72.9 71.3

Track Width, Front (in)

62.5 62.3 63.1

Length, Overall (in)

184.9 187.9 184.8

Height, Overall (in)

54.5 54.6 55.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- - 3.6

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.3 10.6 8.8

Brakes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13 13.6 12.6

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

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 13.7 14.2

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.3 15.6 17.4

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.7 37.4 38.4

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/40HR18 P225/45HR18 P245/40HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA 258 R02

Front Tire Size

P245/40HR18 P225/45HR18 P225/45HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA 258 R02

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4045 3918 4204

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

420 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

150 - 180

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

273 @ 4200 295 @ 1550 384 @ 2500

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 3.0 L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

261 @ 6300 255 @ 5000 385 @ 6100

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric 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

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 27 22

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

31 33 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 24 19

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.19 5.25 5.35

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.27 3.15 3.07

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 2.17 2.25

Trans Type

7 8 9

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.39 0.82 0.86

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 1.14 1.21

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.75 3.71 4.80

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.19 3.36 3.24

Trans Order Code

AY 2TB 421

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.06 1.72 1.64

Trans Description Cont.

Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.51 1.00 1.00

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.64 0.72

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A5 Cabriolet BMW 4 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Body Style

quattro Cabriolet Convertible 4MATIC Cabriolet

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

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

Emissions

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

6.7 6.5 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

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

- --

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

- --

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

- --

Rollover Rating

-

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