The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4 are two points of entry into the luxury compact sedan world. As direct competitors, they share many common characteristics, but they are also fundamentally different. When it comes to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs the Audi A4, we must look much deeper than horsepower and torque measurements.
On the outside, the A4 and the C 300 look somewhat similar, relatively speaking. The A4 is roughly an inch longer than the C-Class, but the C-Class is a little bit taller. They are almost the exact same width and their wheelbases are less than an inch apart. This means, engineering aside, the two cars should handle and feel very similar.
To the untrained eye, you might think these vehicles were designed in the same country. Although that may be true, the two companies that created them have two different ideas of what a car should be. The Audi A4 has a focus on sport, which shows in its power output. The C 300, also sporty in its own right, is more of a luxury sedan, built for comfort and convenience. This is exemplified by the standard, and optional, driver-assistance safety features found in the C-Class.
As we transition into semi-autonomous driving, the C-Class is a leader in its segment. It has nine air bags, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, but that is just the beginning. Every C 300 comes standard with such safety features as ATTENTION ASSIST®, Crosswind Assist®, and even COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®. On top of all of that, the Mercedes-Benz gives you the options of Active Lane Keeping Assist®, Active Blind Spot Assist®, and DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist®. On the other side of the comparison, the Audi also comes with select driver-assistance features, but the list isn't quite as long. If you have any questions about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead for a test drive today!