2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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, while the Lexus IS has seen moderate improvements but still lags behind these others in handling.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2021 Audi A42021 Audi A4
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2021 BMW 3-Series (330e)2021 BMW 3-Series2021 Cadillac CT42021 Cadillac CT4Get Your Price2021 Lexus IS3002021 Lexus ISGet Your Price2021 Volvo S602021 Volvo S60
Quick Specs
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class pares down its lineup and plumps up with lots of screens and mild-hybrid performance.
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The 2021 Audi A4 blends a conservative luxury compact car with spicy performance and robust wagon flavors.
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The flexible 2021 BMW 3-Series lineup offers something for everyone, so long as they’re not smitten with SUVs.
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The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is well-equipped and fun to drive, making it a good small sedan choice.
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The 2021 Lexus IS doesn’t gain any ground on the more performance-oriented compact sedans, but it’s priced right.
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The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
MSRP From     
$42,000$39,100$41,250$33,395$39,050$38,950
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 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 Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
C 300 SedanPremium 40 TFSI quattro330i Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryIS 300 RWDT5 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
 2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Audi A42022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 BMW 3-Series2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Cadillac CT42022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Lexus IS2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. 2021 Volvo S60