Audi Sedans vs. Mercedes-Benz Sedans Competitive Comparison at Audi Cincinnati East

Both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have historically set the standard for the modern luxury sedan. Each has earned a reputation for cutting-edge German engineering, pioneering safety technologies, and luxurious amenities. How exactly will each manufacturer measure up in a competitive comparison? Audi Cincinnati East has assembled this helpful guide comparing Mercedes-Benz sedans against their Audi equivalents.

Audi A3 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Audi A3

2020 Audi A3 2.0T S line Premium Quattro


2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC

228 ✔Horsepower208
Standard ✔Front Fog LightsNot Available
36.5 inches ✔Rear Headroom35.7 inches
41.2 / 35.1 inches ✔Front/Rear Legroom40.2 / 27.1 inches
10 ✔Number of Speakers8
Standard ✔Satellite RadioOptional
Standard ✔Heated Front seatsOptional

As the smallest sedans among their respective lineups, the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA offer luxurious refinement in a compact package. In this matchup, the 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Quattro goes up against the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 4MATIC.

The Audi A3 comes at a price of $2,150 lower than the CLA while offering greater horsepower. Despite its compact stature, the Audi A3 offers greater rear headroom along with more front/rear legroom than its Mercedes-Benz rival. That extra space to unwind makes long journeys in Audi's A3 much more comfortable than the CLA.

A3 drivers can see exactly what's ahead of them thanks to the standard front fog lights, which don't come available on the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Other Audi A3 standard features include satellite radio and heated front seats. Each of these features come as costly options at Mercedes-Benz. Also, Audi delivers 2 additional speakers than the CLA for an improved audio experience. Comparing A3 advantages versus CLA ones, Audi A3 comes out as the best option.

Audi A4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 Audi A4

2020 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Quattro


2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan

$40,900  ✔ Starting MSRP $41,400
Quattro AWD ✔ Drivetrain Type RWD
Standard ✔ Front Fog Lights Unavailable
13.0 cubic feet ✔ Cargo Volume 12.6 cubic feet
10 ✔ Standard Number of Speakers 5
Standard ✔ Heated Seats Optional
38.9 /37.4 inches ✔ Front / Rear Headroom 37.1 / 37.1 inches

While the compact luxury sedan segment has grown tremendously over these past few decades, the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C 300 remain as top contenders and rightly so. Both models set a benchmark for a compact luxury sedan. Let's take a look and see exactly how the 2020 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Quattro compares with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan.

Beginning with MSRPs, Audi's A4 comes priced with a difference of $500 while this luxury sedan delivers Audi Quattro AWD while the C 300 is only rear-wheel drive. The A4 also offers higher-quality equipment than its Mercedes-Benz competitor. In terms of audio quality, the Audi A4 offers twice as many speakers as the C-Class, delivering an audiophile listening experience thanks to a total of 10 speakers. A4 drivers also receive front fog lights while C-Class drivers don't even get that feature.

Another area in which Audi bests Mercedes-Benz is interior space and features. Heated front seats come standard on the Audi A4 while coming only optional on the C 300. Both front and rear rows also get more headroom in this Audi sedan. Additionally, there's more maximum interior cargo space for the A4, a great option for weekend getaways or large shopping trips. With such a distinct advantage over Mercedes-Benz, it's clear that the ideal choice for a compact luxury sedan is the 2020 Audi A4.

Audi A6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2020 Audi A6

2020 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Quattro


2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Sedan

$54,900 ✔ MSRP $56,550
Standard ✔ Rear HVAC Optional
24 city / 32 hwy / 27 combined  ✔ Fuel Economy 23 city / 32 hwy / 26 combined
13.7 cubic feet  ✔ Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic feet
19.3 gallons ✔ Fuel Tank Capacity 17.4 gallons
10 ✔ Number of Speakers 8
Standard ✔ Heated Front Seats Optional
69.6 cubic feet ✔ Maximum Cargo Capacity 64.7 Cubic Feet
Standard ✔ Electronic Parking Aid Camera Optional

In terms of midsize luxury sedans, the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class continue to face off against each other among a crowded landscape of new competitors. With similar powertrains and contemporary design, each of these vehicles appears to be great choices. In this comparison, we'll see just how the A6 and the E-Class measure up.

At first glance, the most glaringly obvious difference between these two is found in pricing. The 2020 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Quattro starts at a noticeable $1,650 less than Mercedes-Benz's equivalent E 350. Further features contributing to the Audi A6's unparalleled value include standard heated front seats, a standard electronic parking aid camera and rear HVAC with separate second-row. All of these helpful features come as added-cost options for Mercedes-Benz's E 350. The A6 also offers a greater number of speakers, contributing to a superior audio experience.

Shifting focus on fuel efficiency, Audi remains a top choice. Not only does the A6 offer greater city and combined MPG, but Audi drivers will also enjoy a greater fuel tank capacity by more than about 2 gallons compared to Mercedes-Benz's E 350. Thanks to these features, Audi A6 drivers can go the distance past Mercedes-Benz E 350 drivers without breaking a sweat. An additional cubic foot of cargo space will be appreciated by Audi A6 drivers packing for road trips. In this comparison, the obvious winner is the 2020 Audi A6.

Winner - Audi

From an Audi A4 to A6, not even Mercedes-Benz can beat them out in the place where it counts: quality features at a fairer price. On top of all that, U.S. News & World Report stands behind that fact in its ranking as an overall better choice compared to its competitors. So now that you've got all this valuable information, why not make a visit to Audi Cincinnati East and speak to our well-trained staff? Let them give you the best experience possible to come out with a luxury Audi sedan.

Best Cars for the Money -- U.S. News & World Report

Audi SUV Awards

Critics agree that if you're searching for a luxury sedan, Audi continues to exceed expectations. As a matter of fact, U.S. News & World Report awarded top honors to the 2019 Audi A5 for 2020 in their annual Best New Cars awards ranked first while the 2019 A4 tracked behind placing second. This ranking, according to U.S. News & World Report's website, comes from a meticulously calculated score from 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources, topping all other luxury small cars in the segment, including the Mercedes-Benz E 350.