2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

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Brian Wong Brian Wong West Coast Editor

The C-Class competes with the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 in the compact luxury class.

Both rivals splinter into sedan lines and into 4-Series/A5 hatchback body styles—and both come with blistering performance options on the order sheet.

The Volvo S60 can be had as a plug-in hybrid, and its interior went portrait-style first, just so you know.

The CT4’s a lukewarm rehash of the former ATS Caddy, but has a Blackwing version that will blow your mind.

The Lexus IS has seen moderate improvements but still lags behind these others in handling and powertrain refinement.

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7.2
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class lineup shrinks, but its tech savvy and luxury widely expand.
6.8
The 2022 Audi A4 is light on styling personality but scores big for its tech and overall execution.
7.8
The 2022 BMW 3-Series nails the sport-sedan triathlon with eye-flattening acceleration, hair-bending grip, and a lavish tech-laden cabin.
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Fun to drive in any model, the 2022 Cadillac CT4 runs the gamut from daily driver to track star.
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The 2022 Lexus IS got a whole lot more interesting this year with the addition of the right-priced IS 500.
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The 2022 Volvo S60 sedan balances grace with power.
MSRP From     
$43,550$39,900$41,450$33,695$39,125$39,250
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
C 300 SedanPremium 40 TFSI quattro330i Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryIS 300 RWDB5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/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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