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Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes C-Class

by on June 12, 2012

Mercedes C-Class Sedan
The Mercedes C-Class sedan comes in many forms, ranging from a docile four-cylinder cruiser to a lean ‘n mean 451-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. No matter which option consumers choose, however, the C-Class maintains a high level of comfort, convenience, and refinement.

But if drivers want a four-cylinder sedan with a high level of performance, they may be better off looking elsewhere. The four-cylinder C-Class sedan only provides 200 horsepower, takes a long time to accelerate, and comes in at a higher starting price of $34,800. Here, the four-cylinder versions of the 3 Series or A4 may be superior options for these consumers. The V6 and V8 versions provide good performance and fuel economy.

A 3.5-liter V6 rivals the BMW 3 Series, providing 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. A $59,000 V8 gets 451 horsepower and can dash to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

U.S. News ranked the Mercedes C-Class as the #2 upscale midsize car for 2012. This puts it above the A4 (#3) and the BMW 3 Series (#9, surprisingly).

According to U.S. News, one of the most stand-out features on the Mercedes C-Class is its easy- to-use tech features. The Comand electronics interface is responsive and allows drivers to easily control entertainment and connectivity functions in their car. With high quality materials and a quiet cabin, Mercedes makes the drive enjoyable in the C-Class. However, the back seat may be on the small side for families.

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan starts at $34,800 and can be priced up to $59,000 with the C63 AMG version with the powerful V8 engine.

In review:

Audi A4
-well-rounded blend of power, efficiency, and price
-most affordable
-four-cylinder is only option
-real leather is standard

BMW 3 Series
-spirited and powerful performance
-quick to accelerate
-high fuel economy
-available in three design lines

Mercedes C-Class
-varying levels of performance
-weaker four-cylinder engine, strong V6, out-of-this-world V8
-easy-to-use controls
-quiet, refined ride

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  • Erin

    What back seat in that class is good?

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