The Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and BMW 3-Series square off as perennial rivals for relatively affordable luxury buyers.
In previous years, all three have been among the least expensive cars offered by the luxury brands, although all three have smaller siblings now.
In a nutshell: the A4 is tech heavy and conservative, the Benz is curvy but classy, and the BMW’s base powertrain is one of our faves.
There’s not a bad pick.
The rest of the bunch have bright points, but are aged and should be deeply discounted.
The Lexus offers a stout V-6, the Jaguar XE has a long-legged diesel powertrain and nimble handling.
The ATS is well on its way out of production, its turbo-4 is nearly ageless.
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|2019 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2019 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2019 Cadillac ATSBrowse Used Listings||2019 Jaguar XEBrowse Used Listings||2019 Lexus ISBrowse Used Listings||2019 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|Premium 40 TFSI||330i Sedan||2-Door Coupe 2.0L RWD||25t RWD||IS 300 F SPORT RWD||C 300 Sedan|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2019 Audi A4 vs. 2019 BMW 3-Series||2019 Audi A4 vs. 2019 Cadillac ATS||2019 Audi A4 vs. 2019 Jaguar XE||2019 Audi A4 vs. 2019 Lexus IS||2019 Audi A4 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class|