2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (AMG C63 S)
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

For generations—both of car designs and in terms of humans—we’ve been pairing the Mercedes C-Class against the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4.

They’re still a valid trio to cross-shop today.

Look to the BMW for its spectacular powertrains, or the A4 for its approachable technology.

Don’t forget about the sublime Volvo S60, which is a screaming deal compared to its German rivals even if it doesn’t offer the hefty punch you’ll find in an AMG C63.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is loaded with character, which is a nice way of saying that it’s definitely not for everyone.

But we like it, so consider it.

Don’t nix the Cadillac CT5.

Its pretty profile gives way to impressive dynamics and a price tag lower than you might expect.

Cadillac may have finally figured out small sedans.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (AMG C63 S)2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
#3 in Coupes
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2021 Audi A42021 Audi A4
#3 in Wagons
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2021 BMW 3-Series 330e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid North America Angular Front Exterior View2021 BMW 3-Series
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2021 Cadillac CT52021 Cadillac CT5
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2021 Volvo S602021 Volvo S60
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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Quick Specs
7.3
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
6.7
The 2021 Audi A4 blends a conservative luxury compact car with spicy performance and robust wagon flavors.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
MSRP From     
$41,600$39,100$41,250$36,995$38,950$39,450
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-SizeCompact CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
C 300 SedanPremium 40 TFSI quattro330i Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryT5 FWD MomentumRWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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