2010 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

2010 Audi S4
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 Audi S4's chief rivals are the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class; both sedans offer a range of powertrains.

By all rights, the Audi S4 competes best against the BMW M3 in performance and the BMW 335i in price-and enthusiasts rave over both BMWs for rippling powertrain muscle and captivating rear-drive handling.

The Lexus and Infiniti sedans are new to the sport-sedan game, the Lexus capped by a shrieking IS-F edition and the Infiniti G37 without a hyper-performer, but with some of the ride and handling magic of the BMW.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class tops out with the C63 AMG sedan, but even the base C350 has more capable handling than before; however, rear-seat room is still cramped and its interior styling a little complex.

The last challenger in this class is the charming Cadillac CTS, the glitziest car in this group, and one of the headiest performers in CTS-V trim.

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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW 3-Series
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2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2010 Audi S4 blasts its way into a performance war with BMW and Mercedes-Benz-and Lexus, Infiniti, and Cadillac-thanks to a big price cut and 333 supercharged horsepower.
8.6
The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
8.6
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
8.0
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
MSRP From   
$31,450$36,560$32,700$31,600
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas V6Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class   
CompactMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
CVTManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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