Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Audi A4 VS 2013 Mercedes C-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Audi A4

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2013 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the A4 and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi A4 is safer than the Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

142

351

Neck Injury Risk

42%

68%

Neck Compression

70 lbs.

275 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

220/158 lbs.

891/740 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi A4 Sedan is safer than the C-Class Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

338

394

Chest forces

39 g’s

46 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

186 / 101

1001 / 853

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

436

490

Chest forces

38 g’s

48 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

133 / 102

895 / 894

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi A4 is safer than the Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

242 lbs.

349 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

134

322

Hip Force

790 lbs.

1012 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

318

331

Hip Force

648 lbs.

960 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the A4, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.5% less likely to roll over than the C-Class Sedan, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

The A4’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Sedan’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the A4 for 1 year and 5000 miles. Audi will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Sedan.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the C-Class Sedan’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (211 vs. 201) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 229) than the C250 Sedan’s standard 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the C300 Sedan’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 is faster than the C250 Sedan 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

A4

C-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A4 2.0 T FWD CVT gets better city fuel mileage than the C250 Sedan RWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A4’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The A4 stops much shorter than the C-Class Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

80 to 0 MPH

206 feet

241 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

135 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4 has larger standard tires than the C-Class Sedan (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R17). The A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (255/35R19 vs. 225/40R18).

The A4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Sedan’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-Class Sedan’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (110.6 inches vs. 108.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A4 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Sedan.

The A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro handles at .90 G’s, while the C350 Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5.3 MPH faster than the C350 Sedan (69.1 vs. 63.8 MPH).

The A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the C250 Sedan (25.9 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro is quieter than the C250 Sedan:

A4

C-Class Sedan

At idle

44 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

73 dB

50 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The A4 has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (91 vs. 88.2).

The A4 has 2.9 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the C-Class Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A4 will cost $910 to $1695 less than the C-Class Sedan over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A4 will be $803 to $6022 less than for the Mercedes C-Class Sedan.

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