When it comes to compact executive cars, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 top the list. The two German cars were introduced between 1993 and 1994 and they have evolved over the years to be among the top luxury vehicles in markets across the world. They come with many features and characteristics that uniquely set them apart. This article highlights the key comparison features that come with both cars in concentration on the 2019 models.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2020.)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Audi A4
Capacity / Doors 5 seats (sedan) / 4 doors,
4 seats (Coupes, Convertibles) / 2 doors
5 seats /4 doors
Average Fuel Economy -9.6kmpl to 12.6 kmpl
-12.6 kmpl (Automatic Diesel variant)
-11.9 kmpl (Automatic Petrol variant)
-12.4 kmpl (City) - 17.84 kmpl (ARAI)
Key Features Power steering, AC, Alloy Wheels,
Engine Start Stop Button
Fog Lights, Power Window Front,
Multi-function Steering Wheel, Airbags
Average Used Pricing $1,240 - $7,300 $1,090 - $3,660
Interior and Exterior Comparison
Mercedes Benz is well known for its outstanding vehicle designs that come in different models and the C-Class is nothing short of that.
It comes with a striking exterior and a remarkable interior design that will make you fall in love with it instantly.
The exterior comes with 17” to 20” alloy wheels, a variety of grille designs, all integrating the iconic star, AMG Line and Night Package (C300), LED headlamps and taillamps, LED intelligent Light System, power sunroof (sedans), Panorama roof (sedans and coupes), or 3-layer fabric power soft top (cabriolets).
The C-Class comes with a luxurious interior which apart from the seating setting it comes with technology for maximum control while driving as well as safety. It offers sport seating for up to four people in the Coupes and Cabriolets with controls and displays that connect you with agile handling and abundant torque. The front seats come with a 3-position driver-seat memory, 3-position front passengers-seat memory, individual rear seats, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks.
For convenience while on the road, it is designed with a telescoping steering column and multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons. For entertainment, the C-Class comes with a 7” high-resolution color center display in the C300 Sedans and a 10.25” high-resolution color center display in the AMG sedans and all coupes. For safety and security, it comes with SmartKey remote locking with KEYLESS-START, Active Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE, and 8 airbags and 10 on Cabriolets.
The Audi A4 is right behind the Mercedes Benz C-Class. It comes with interior and exterior designs that leave you with an unforgettable experience. It additionally comes with powerful engines that deliver moments with refined power fueled by unique TFSI variants along with driving assistance features.
Audi A4 is available in 17” to 18” wheels coming in a range of spoke design options, Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with dynamic rear turn indicators, power-adjustable, heated exterior side mirrors, and S line appearance.
On the interior, It comes with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, leather seating surfaces, heated, eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver, comfort front armrest, split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks, driver and front passenger comfort head restraints and visors. On entertainment and display, it comes with a 7.0” center display, an Audi sound system with speakers, an Audi music interface, and a keyless engine start/stop.
Now that we have reviewed the interior and exterior features, let’s take an observation of the engine specifications that make these two vehicles remarkable for an ultimate driving experience.
C 300 models: These models come with 2.0 L inline-4 turbo with Direct injection engines powered by a 255 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm and 273 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,000 rpm. On the other hand, they are equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 5.7 seconds for sedans (RWD and 4MATIC), 5.9 seconds for Coupes (RWD and 4MATIC), and 6.1 seconds for Cabriolet (RWD) or 6.2 seconds (4MATIC).
AMG C43 models: These models come with 3.0L V6 Biturbo with Direct Injection engines powered by a 385 hp @ 6,100 rpm and 384 lb-ft @ 2,500 -5,000 rpm along the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 4.5 seconds for Sedans and Coupes, and 4.6 seconds for the Cabriolets models.
AMG C 63 models: These models come with handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection engines powered by 469 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm and a 469 lb-ft @1,750-4,500 rpm along AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration of 3.9 seconds in Sedans, 3.8 seconds in Coupes, and 4.0 seconds in Cabriolets.
AMG C 63 S models: These models come with handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection powered by a 503 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm and 516 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,500 rpm along the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 3.8 seconds for Sedans, 3.7 seconds for Coupes, and 3.9 seconds for Cabriolets.
Audi A4: This model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in Cast-iron/Aluminium-alloy offering 1,984 cc, 188 hp @4,200 -6,000 rpm, 236 @ 1,450-4,200 torque running at a 7-speed automatic transmission and an acceleration rate of 7.1 seconds from 0-60 mph.
Audi quattro: This model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder along a Cast-iron/Aluminium-alloy offering 1,984 cc, 248 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm, 273 @ 1,600-4,500 torque running at a 7-speed automatic transmission and an acceleration rate of 5.6 seconds from 0-60 mph.
Audi allroad: This model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in Cast-iron/Aluminium-alloy offering 1,984 cc, 248 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm, 273 @ 1,600-4,500 torque running at an 7-speed automatic transmission and an acceleration rate of 5.9 seconds from 0-60 mph.
Audi S4: This model comes with a 3.0 liter six-cylinder in Aluminium-alloy offering 2,995 cc, 349 hp @ 5,400-6,400, 369 @ 1,370-4,500 torque running at an 8-speed automatic transmission and an acceleration rate of 4.4 seconds from 0-60 mph.
Both Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are outstanding cars that carry a historic reputation over the years however the Audi A4 comes with more style and substance for the update range which rated it high in the markets as well. On the other hand, the Mercedes has been updated to more sophisticated technology and performance and a good-allrounder for dynamics, features, and refinement which also comes at a more reasonable price. To purchase either of the vehicles, be sure to visit BE FORWARD.
Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro