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Audi A4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In comparing the Audi A4 to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Audi A4 versus the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a better car than the Audi A4.

Audi A4 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A4 ranges from $26,177 to $37,630 while a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the same model year range is priced between $28,998 to $47,824. For a new model, the Audi A4's price is between $43,963 and $53,886, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class priced between $45,174 and $57,491.

Audi A4 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A4 is 8.4 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class' quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Audi A4 being ranked 6 out of 8 Best Luxury Small Cars for the Money and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class being ranked 3 out of 8. Out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars, the Audi A4 is ranked 39 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is ranked 3.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A4’s base engine makes 201 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class base engine makes 255 horsepower. The A4 is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 505 miles. The C-Class is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 626 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Audi A4 has the advantage in the area of front head room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Audi A4’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$43,963 - $53,886

Used Asking Price:

$26,177 - $37,630

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

52.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$45,174 - $57,491

Used Asking Price:

$28,998 - $47,824

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 39
7 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 39
7 / 39

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

quattro Premium Plus 40 TFSI, quattro Prestige 40 TFSI, quattro S line Premium 45 TFSI, quattro S line Prem Plus 45 TFSI, quattro S line Prestige 45 TFSI, quattro Premium 40 TFSI

Trim Levels

AMG C 43, C 300, C 300 4MATIC, AMG C 63 S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp @ 4200 rpm

Torque:

236 foot-lbs @ 1450 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.067 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 33 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 505 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 36 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

435 / 626 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.5 inches

Cargo Space:

12 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

92.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

93.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3638 lbs

Width:

79.6 inches

Height:

56.2 inches

Length:

187.5 inches

Wheelbase:

111 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.2 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3825 lbs

Width:

80 inches

Height:

56.6 inches

Length:

187 inches

Wheelbase:

112.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

3.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/50R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18