2014 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes with entry-, mid- and high-performance compact luxury sedans and coupes.

With its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the C250 is more of a direct rival with the Audi A4 and BMW 320i and 328i models.

Standard equipment is similar across all models, though you'll find Audi's quattro all-wheel drive on many of the A4 models, which come with arguably better interiors.

The A4 may not carry quite the same image of prestige found on the C-Class.

BMW's 3-Series is sportier and more comfortable now more than ever.

The Lexus IS has been redesigned for 2014, and it's handsome and legitimately sporty.

The Acura TSX is also worth considering, though doesn't have the same heavy, rear-drive feel that you'll find the in C-Class.

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2014 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2014 Acura TSX2014 Acura TSX
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2014 Audi Allroad2014 Audi A4
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2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo  -  Driven, December 20132014 BMW 3-Series
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sport2014 INFINITI Q50
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For those who have a want a value-oriented car that projects the right image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a lot of sense.
With exception to those green-car enthusiasts out there, we think the 2014 Acura TSX strikes a solid compromise for shoppers interested in a practical, sporty, premium compact sedan.
With its perky, composed all-wheel-drive performance, the 2014 Audi Allroad isn't just the family pick of the A4 lineup; it's a better-driving alternative to taller crossovers.
The 2014 BMW 3-Series retains its sporting heritage, but has grown to become a high-tech, spacious, comfortable, and safe range of vehicles.
With a hot new look, a Hybrid, some world-first technology, and much-improved cabin refinement--combined with a sharp, eager driving character--the 2014 Infiniti Q50 seeks new sport-sedan believers.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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