2016 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

2016 Audi A4
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Audi A4 is set up differently from its main German competitors, offering front- or all-wheel drive instead of the normal rear-drive basis of BMW and Mercedes cars.

It manages to act mostly like a sport sedan despite this, although more serious drivers may feel the added weight and subsequent understeer of the layout.

The BMW 3-Series is a perennial benchmark in this class, but it's also heavier and more expensive than it has been in the past.

That said, it's hard to argue with the turbo six's performance, and BMW is adding even more power for 2016.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in flavors ranging from the efficient C300, all the way up to luxury-performance C400, but it's perhaps more oriented to comfort than ever before, aping the larger S-Class in both looks and dynamics.

Cadillac's ATS offers fantastic handling and its high-tech CUE infotainment system, in a package that may be one of GM's most compelling vehicles built in recent history.

The Infiniti Q50 is loaded with technology and comes with a hybrid option, while Acura's TLX promises to offer performance and technology in droves, and matches the A4 with front- and all-wheel-drive models.

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2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan2016 Cadillac ATS
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Audi A4 is still a handsome, strong competitor with solid fuel economy and good power from its lone engine, even as the current generation comes to a close.
7.0
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is powerful, well-equipped luxury sedan that doesn't quite match up to Germany's finest yet.
8.2
The 2016 Acura TLX is light on luxury feel, but it has great interior space, lots of technology, and in its base version, supremely enjoyable performance and handling.
8.2
The 2016 BMW 3-Series delivers outstanding performance and comfort in a tastefully understated package.
8.6
The 2016 Cadillac ATS meets all the benchmarks for performance, features, and driving dynamics, and it somehow emerges to market with a little more soul than most of its key rivals.
9.0
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
MSRP From     
$35,900$35,200$31,695$33,150$33,215$38,950
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium2.0t PURE RWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.5L Standard RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
FrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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