It seemed like the Mercedes would never update the diesel C-class since there has been a long time since the new C-class petrol was launched. We were wrong indeed. Mercedes has launched the new C-class diesel and is offering two models – C220 CDI Style and C220 CDI Avantgarde.
We do a specification comparison of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with the Audi A4 and find out which is better. The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 CDI Avantgarde with the Audi A4 3.0 TDI QUATTRO TECHNOLOGY and Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 CGI with the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI Technology Edition.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Vs Audi A4 (Design and Exterior)
The new Mercedes C-Class sports a completely new design language. The car is based on the Mercedes Rear-wheel Drive Architecture (MRA) and has curvaceous new styling. The front and rear lights are LED and carry great detail. The three-pointed star sits boldly in the centre of the new front grille. The car is now 95 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm shorter than the outgoing model which improves space inside the cabin. The boot capacity has also increased to 480-litres.
The Audi A4 has a very understated styling just like all other Audis and the car looks really elegant. The front fascia carries the unmistakable Audi grille, the DRL-equipped headlamps. The side profile of the car gives the impression that the car is low slung which makes it look very sporty. The rear of the car too looks great and comes with LED taillights.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Vs Audi A4 (Interiors and Features)
The C-class has the most luxurious cabin sets a new standard in the class. The interiors are inspired from the bigger S-Class. The interiors are dual-tone (beige and black) with wooden inserts on the centre console and the door trims. The C220 is well equipped and comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the COMAND infotainment system. You also get Garmin MAP PILOT navigation (3D visualisation), phone connectivity, ambient lighting, push-button start with keyless go, 13-speaker Burmester sound system, three-zone climate control as well as front and rear panoramic sunroof. The seats are upholstered in ARTICO leather.
Audi A4 feels like a nice place to be in and the quality of the cabin is plush – Typical Audi affair. The colour of the plastics is not very dark and looks understated just like the car’s exterior. The list of features includes a 3-zone climate control, Audi's MMI-system and the ability to choose between a set of colors, air conditioning vents at the rear, lumbar support, CD player, leather seats etc. Instrument panel carries all relevant information like tachometer, digital speedometer, tripmeter, odometer etc. and warning lights for the driver. The fit and finish of the plastics, switches is top-notch.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Vs Audi A4 (Engine and Transmission)
The new C-Class is now available in petrol as well as diesel variant. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine produces 181bhp of power at 5500rpm and 300Nm of torque at 1200-1400rpm. The new diesel engine available on the Avantgarde and Style has a capacity of 2413cc. The engine is capable of producing a peak power of 167.62bhp in the range of 3000-4200rpm and peak torque of 400Nm in the range of 1400-2800rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via the 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox.
The Audi A4 comes with three engine choices - one petrol (1.8T), 2-litre diesel (2.0TDI) and 3 litre V6 TDI engine option. The 2012 Audi A4 comes with three engine options, two diesels and one petrol. The 1.8 TFSi Petrol, 2.0 TDi Diesel and 3.0 V6 TDi. The 1.8 TFSi petrol version churns out 170PS of power between 3800 – 6200rpm and peak torque of 320Nm between 1400 – 3700rpm. The 2-litre diesel engine is available in two tunes: 144PS and a 177PS variant. All engines except the 3.0 TDI sends power to only front wheels.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Vs Audi A4 (Safety features and Mileage)
The C-Class as expected from a car of this segment comes loaded with safety equipment and driver aids including 7 airbags, ABS, BAS; ESP with curve assist and ASR. It also comes with a rear view camera with guidelines, reverse parking sensors, hill start assist and Mercedes’ PRE-SAFE safety system.
Apart from the 3.0 TDI which gets an all-wheel-drive system, the other A4 variants get a front wheel drive architecture. All variants come equipped with ABS and Stability control. In addition, airbags come as standard on all versions along with other safety features like park assistance, traction control etc.
The petrol engine on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers 14.74kmpl and diesel engine delivers 11.78kmpl. Both these mileages are ARAI (highway). The Audi that comes with 144PS 2-litre TDI model returns close to an overall 13kmpl and Audi claims 15.6kmpl for the 1.8T (petrol), 16.5kmpl for the 144PS 2.0 TDI, (surprisingly) 17.11kmpl for 177PS 2.0 TDI and almost 15kmpl for the 3-litre TDI.
The luxury segment of the cars just got even more competitive with the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class diesel. The cars are equipped with latest comfort and safety features. The equipment level of cars matches extremely closely and there is nothing major that you may find in the Audi which is missing on the Mercedes and the vice-versa is also true.
Choosing a car may ultimately come down to the price at which it is being offered. The Audi does a good job at providing more variants of car and each being offered at a price which is considerably lower.
Watch comprehensive video review of the C-Class below