2019 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
The 2019 BMW 330i moves back toward the sweet spot in sport-sedan greatness, with M Sport and M editions still to come.
The 2019 Cadillac ATS pares down to only a two-door coupe this year as it heads toward the sunset as Cadillac's sporty compact.
The 2019 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan reminds us of the halcyon days of small four-door luxury cars.
The 2019 Lexus IS has sports sedan intentions, but it needs more underhood muscle and fresher styling to keep pace with German rivals.
Pricey and on the slighter side of mid-size, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops a beautiful cockpit, huge dollops of safety, and effortless AMG brilliance into the sport-sedan mix.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Compact CarsCompact CarsCompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Premium 40 TFSI330i Sedan2-Door Coupe 2.0L RWD25t RWDIS 300 F SPORT RWDC 300 Sedan
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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