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The battle to choose a luxury sedan can be hard, dealing with two marquee makes and a slew of models. Luxury and tradition often go hand in hand, an agreement that has allowed Mercedes Benz and BMW to remain at the forefront of the luxury market. The latest offerings from Audi have worked on that perception. Pitting the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 against the 2009 Audi A4 could be a worthy match.2009 c300 sedan.jpg

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The 2009 Audi A4 offers this headline spec: cargo space; lots of it.
Its off the forecourt form boasts 17.3 cubic feet of luggage capacity,
huge by any standards. And when compared to the already admirable
amount of space in the C300, it flaunts almost five cubic feet extra.
Not even the half of it, playing around with the seat arrangement can
get an A4 owner 50 cubic feet of all-purpose space.

While you can carry more in the Audi, you can take what you can with a
lot more power in the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300, 268 horsepower against
the 211 produced by the Audi. Skipping ahead in the spec read may bore
you with similarities; fuel economy is pretty much identical between
the two models.

Competing cargo space with horsepower seems like an uneven fight. But the A4 doesn’t just barely outdo its competitors, it can triple the norm. The sort of perspective a third option can give you when debating over the C300 or a BMW allows one to wonder: How about an Audi instead?

2009 Audi A4

Model Line Overview

Model lineup: A4
2.0T sedan ($31,000); A4 2.0T sedan Premium quattro ($31,850); A4 2.0T
Avant Premium ($34,500); A4 2.0T sedan Premium Plus ($36,700); A4 2.0T
Avant Premium Plus ($38,500); A4 2.0T sedan Prestige ($40,000); A4 3.2
sedan Premium Plus ($40,000); A4 2.0T Prestige ($42,300); A4 3.2 sedan
Prestige ($43,300)
Engines: 211-hp 2.0-liter I4 turbo; 265-hp 3.2-liter V6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; CVT
Safety equipment (standard): two-stage
driver and adaptive passenger frontal airbags, side-impact airbags,
curtain airbags, Backguard headrests; electronic stability control,
ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, tire pressure monitors
Safety equipment (optional): rear side airbags, all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear camera, park assist
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Ingolstadt, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Audi A4 Avant quattro ($34,500)
Standard equipment: leather
upholstery, climate control, power steering, power disc brakes, fog
lamps, all-wheel drive, Open Sky moonroof, power windows, power locks,
power heated mirrors, cruise control, split-fold rear seat,
tilt/telescoping steering column, MMI driver interface, alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP): Ash wood trim, ($400); Audi Symphony sound system ($380); HomeLink ($200); Bluetooth phone prep ($500)
Destination charge: ($825)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $36,805
Layout: all-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve I4 turbo
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 211 @ 4200-6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 1500-4200
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 21/27 mpg
Wheelbase: 110.6 in.
Length/width/height: 185.2/71.9/56.5 in.
Track, f/r: 61.6/61.1 in.
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 40.4/na/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.2/na/35.2 in.
Cargo volume: 34 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: not recommended Lbs.
Suspension, f: independent, upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, trapezoidal link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 4.1 in.
Curb weight: 3814 lbs.
Tires: 225/50R17
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 16.9 gal.

2008 Mercedes Benz C-Class


Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines: 228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment: N/A
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): N/A
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 2400
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: N/A
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r: 60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume: 17.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3498 lbs.
Tires: P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.

 
 
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