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.
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|2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class|
#3 in Coupes
|2021 Audi A4||2021 BMW 3-Series||2021 Cadillac CT5||2021 Volvo S60|
#4 in Luxury Mid-Size Cars
|2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia|
#16 in Luxury Mid-Size Cars
|17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars|
|C 300 Sedan||Premium 40 TFSI quattro||330i Sedan||4-Door Sedan Luxury||T5 FWD Momentum||RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Audi A4||2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 BMW 3-Series||2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Cadillac CT5||2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Volvo S60||2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia|