Audi A4 vs BMW 3 vs Mercedes-Benz C

17.09.2016 г.


The newest Audi A4 finally arrived and emerged into the glare of compact executive segment. Its competitors have also pulled ahead recently with Mercedes launching the latest C-Class and BMW boasting the new engines of the 3 Series. That is the reason why A4 needs work cut out.

In spite of fierce opposition, Audi aims high with the latest A4 as it is engineered with the new lightweight materials, fuel-sipping engines, and advanced aerodynamics. So, what are the differences of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes Benz C-Class?


While the new A4 comes with an all new design based on the new platform, you would be forgiven for not being able to notice once you glance at it. It angular lines, neat proportions, and subtle detailing are considered as an evolution of the attractive exterior of the previous A4. It is 120kg lighter compared to its previous model thanks to the careful engineering of the high tech materials. It’s now both the longes and widest car of the three, yet to emphasize the width, it is also the shortest when it comes to height. The 480L boot of the saloon matches the ones offered in the 3 Series and C-Class yet A4’s 505L bay is the largest in its class. A4 is also offered with an option of full LED headlights that are designed to improve its front end look.


The German interiors have been revered for their outstanding quality, yet that isn’t enough for the buyers at present. They demand flawless materials, build quality, and fine style and design. The interior of the new A4 is based on the strong horizontal lines that provide a sense of strength and width, yet some might feel that C-Class is much more special.

A4 features the ambient lighting and MMI infotainment system of Audi. These may be altered in hue to match your own mood. A lot of elements including infotainment screen frame, rear seat mountings and steering wheel are made of magnesium for a premium feel and less weight.

Engines and Driving

A4 is expected to provide more comfortable experience than 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. Its ability is unquestionable and the front-wheel drive models acquire torque vectoring and several four all-wheel drive ones have options of sports differential.

The latest engines of Audi have seen a drop on fuel consumption by up to twenty-one percent while power has increased by up to 25%. The least powerful petrol is 150hp 1.4L unit returns 57.7mpg, yet buyers may also consider choosing a new 2.0L unit that comes with 190hp. The engine also utilizes a new and improved combustion method, which means that the car may accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just a few seconds, yet still return 58.9mpg. The typical, tax-friendly range of 2.0L and powerful 3.0L diesels are offered as well.

Depending on the specification and engine chosen, a 6-speed manual, 7-speed DSG auto or 8-speed automatic gearbox are also optional. Considering it is likely to be a comfortable vehicle, an automatic box seems a good addition.


To attract the typical group of executives that will be purchasing Audi A4, this comes loaded with the technology you are expecting such as DAB radio, air conditioning, an infotainment system, and Bluetooth connectivity. The latter may be expanded to include the satellite navigation linked to the Google Maps for great journey planning.

Audi also followed the lead of BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C-Class in providing a wireless hotspot in your vehicle so that the passengers can utilize their mobile devices while on the go. The car’s LTE based system provides a quick connection for up to 8 devices. Buyers may also pay extra to have infotainment screens for backseat. This unit also runs a version of Android and provides a range of games and apps.


The exceptional strength of the construction methods of Audi means that A4 to be involved in the crash, the occupants will be protected from the possible worst forces involved. However, a lot of the developments in car safety are in the areas concentrated on avoiding the crash at the first place. Like the rival of Mercedes Benz, A4 features the collision detection systems and may brake on its own and stop the skid from happening.

The optional avoidance help detects if drivers have to make a sudden change on the lane and takes control of the electric power steering to ensure that the car safely and predictably responds. None of these 3 cars have been tested for the Euro NCAP, yet many people are surprised that their performance is promising and something that you should be excited about. Both C-Class and 3 Series earned 5 stars in other tests.

Which Is Best for You?

Unsurprisingly, 3 Series, C-Class, and A4 are all good to drive, particularly on a cruise. The 3 Series is known for being the least hushed, yet even M Sport suspension, it rides efficiently and comfortably and if you are a keen driver, it is the best among the three. A4, on contrary, is actually the most refined car and its overall dynamic skills put this ahead of C-Class.

In terms of interior, it’s similarly close. Yet, Audi offers the finest blend of space and build quality. 3 Series has great seats and Mercedes C-Class is full of specs. So, if you are shopping around and want something that would give you the best value of your investment, all of these three vehicles are a good option.

When shopping around, make sure that you know your needs as these three cars will surely give you confusion as they are almost identical though each of these offers something that one can’t provide. Depending on your personal preferences, choosing one among A4, 3 Series, and C-Class won’t give you any regrets and will definitely level up your driving experience as these are made with comfort and your unique needs in mind.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 vs Mercedes-Benz C

A4 3.2 TFSI quattro vs 330i xDrive vs C300 4MATIC

A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine
330i xDrive - 2.0L Twin Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine
C300 4MATIC - 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine

Max power
A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 252 HP @ 5000-6000 RPM
320i xDrive - 248 HP @ 5200 RPM
C300 4MATIC - 241 HP @ 5500 RPM

Max torque
A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 273 lb-ft @ 1600-4500 RPM
330i xDrive - 258 lb-ft @ 1450-4800 RPM
C300 4MATIC - 273 lb-ft @ 1300-4000 RPM

Top speed
A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 130 mph
330i xDrive - 130 mph
C300 4MATIC - 130 mph

Acceleration 0-60 mph
A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 5.7 s
330i xDrive - 5.5 s
C300 4MATIC - 6.2 s

Fuel economy
A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 24 mpg US
330i xDrive - XX mpg US
C300 4MATIC - 24 mpg US

A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 31 mpg US
330i xDrive - XX mpg US
C300 4MATIC - 31 mpg US

A4 3.2 TFSI quattro - 27 mpg US
330i xDrive - XX mpg US
C300 4MATIC - XX mpg US

A6 2.0 TDI quattro vs A6 3.0 TDI quattro vs 320d xDrive vs 330d xDrive vs C 220 d 4MATIC vs C 250 d 4MATIC

Max power
A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 190 PS (140 kW) @ 3800-4200 RPM
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 272 PS (200 kW) @ 3250-4250 RPM
320d xDrive - 190 PS (140 kW) @ 4000 RPM
330d xDrive - 258 PS (190 kW) @ RPM
C 220 d 4MATIC - 170 PS (125 kW) @ RPM
C 250 d 4MATIC - 204 PS (150 kW) @ RPM

Max torque
A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 400 Nm @ 1750-3000 RPM
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 600 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
320d xDrive - 400 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
330d xDrive - 560 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
C 220 d 4MATIC - 400 Nm @ 1400-2800 RPM
C 250 d 4MATIC - 500 Nm @ 1600-1800 RPM

Top speed
A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 235 km/h (146 mph)
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 250 km/h (155 mph)
320d xDrive - 228 km/h (142 mph)
330d xDrive - 250 km/h (155 mph)
C 220 d 4MATIC - 230 km/h (143 mph)
C 250 d 4MATIC - 242 km/h (150 mph)

Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h )
A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 7.2 s
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 5.3 s
320d xDrive - 7.3 s
330d xDrive - 5.3 s
C 220 d 4MATIC - 7.5 s
C 250 d 4MATIC - 6.8 s

Fuel consumption
A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 5.1 l/100km or 55.4 mpg UK
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 5.4 l/100km or 52.3 mpg UK
320d xDrive - 5.1 l/100km or 55.4 mpg UK
330d xDrive - 6.0 l/100km or 47.1 mpg UK
C 220 d 4MATIC - 5.4 l/100km or 52.3 mpg UK
C 250 d 4MATIC - 5.4 l/100km or 52.3 mpg UK

A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 4.0 l/100km or 70.6 mpg UK
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 4.6 l/100km or 61.4 mpg UK
320d xDrive - 3.8 l/100km or 74.3 mpg UK
330d xDrive - 4.8 l/100km or 58.8 mpg UK
C 220 d 4MATIC - 4.2 l/100km or 67.3 mpg UK
C 250 d 4MATIC - 4.2 l/100km or 67.3 mpg UK

A6 2.0 TDI quattro - 4.4 l/100km or 64.2 mpg UK
A6 3.0 TDI quattro - 4.9 l/100km or 57.6 mpg UK
320d xDrive - 4.3 l/100km or 65.7 mpg UK
330d xDrive - 5.2 l/100km or 54.3 mpg UK
C 220 d 4MATIC - 4.6 l/100km or 61.4 mpg UK
C 250 d 4MATIC - 4.6 l/100km or 61.4 mpg UK


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