2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 vs 2018 Audi A4 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

Engine Power

  241 hp

Engine Torque

  273 ft-lbs


2018 Audi A4

2018 Audi A4

Engine Power

  190 hp

Engine Torque

  236 ft-lbs

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 vs 2018 Audi A4

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4 are examples of European imports that function as entry-level luxury cars. Comparatively affordable, they provide the expected upscale cabins and long lists of premium features. Both debuting during the early 1990s, both cars enter the 2018 model year with significant upgrades. The C-Class, which includes the C 300 as its base-level model, is now midway through its fourth production cycle. It now has a 9-speed automatic transmission, and now counts proximity key entry, a rearview camera, and push-button engine ignition as standard features. The A4, which is now in its fifth production cycle, now has standard front-seat heating capability, and the upper-level trims have more standard safety features. In general, the C-Class and A4 retain their shared status as top-tiered compact luxury cars. However, here are three main reasons why you should go with the C-Class, or more specifically, the C 300 rather than the A4:

Performance

Powering the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) that produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Add a 9-speed automatic transmission and the standard rear-wheel drivetrain, and the C 300 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Granted, the Audi A4 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 hitched to a 9-speed automatic transmission. However, it uses a front-wheel drivetrain rather than a rear-wheel-drive system, and the I4 generates 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. That’s 51 less horsepower and 37 less lb-ft of torque than what the C 300 produces. Plus, the A4’s engine has a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds, which makes it 1.3 seconds slower than the C 300. So, the obvious choice is the C 300 if you emphasize acceleration ability and overall driving performance.

Drivetrain Choices

On both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 and the 2018 Audi A4, you have two drivetrain choices: a two-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is the drivetrain to go with if you want to maximize your driving performance on any type of terrain, especially those made slippery by snow, rain, or ice. The two-wheel-drive system, however, differs between nameplates. The two-wheel drivetrain that the C 300 goes with is rear-wheel drive. That means that engine power is sent to the rear wheels. With the engine placed in the front, the C 300’s rear-wheel drive assists in making it handle better on the road, since the weight distribution is better distributed. By comparison, the Audi A4 uses a front-wheel drive, meaning that the engine power is sent to the front wheels. As a result, there’s more imbalance of weight distribution from front to back, which prevents the car from performing better on the road.

Innovative Safety Features

Both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 and the 2018 Audi A4 have several standard advanced safety features. However, the C 300 stands out by including forward collision warning and crosswind assist. With forward collision warning, the C 300 can detect an impending crash and alert you so that you can avoid it. Crosswind assist involves the detection of sudden strong gusts of wind and the appropriate response by targeting braking power to prevent the car from leaving the intended path.

Can’t wait to check out the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 instead of the 2018 Audi A4? Stop by our dealership in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, to see our selection and test-drive the C 300. Call us today to set up an appointment.


* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.