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

Audi A3

2022 Audi A3 40 TFSI quattro Premium


Mercedes-Benz CLA

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC

$35,900 ✔MSRP$39,850
Standard ✔Heated Front seatsOptional
Standard ✔Leather seatsOptional
10.1-inch ✔Infotainment Screen Size7-inch
10.25-inch ✔Digital Instrument Cluster Size7-inch

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 2022 Audi A3 40 TFSI quattro Premium goes up against the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 4MATIC.

The Audi A3 comes at a price that's $3,350 lower than the Mercedes-Benz CLA, while delivering more technology to the vehicle interior - including both a larger digital gauge cluster and a larger infotainment touchscreen than its Mercedes-Benz rival. Additionally, standard leather seating surfaces make long journeys much more comfortable in Audi's A3 than the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Audi A4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Audi A4

2022 Audi A4 45 TFSI Premium quattro


Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Sedan

$39,900  ✔ Starting MSRP $43,600
Standard ✔ Front Fog Lights Unavailable
13.0 cubic feet ✔ Cargo Volume 12.6 cubic feet
10 ✔ Standard Number of Speakers 5
38.9 /37.4 inches ✔ Front / Rear Headroom 37.1 / 37.1 inches
35.7 inches ✔ Rear Legroom 32 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 compact luxury sedans. Let's take a look and see exactly how the 2022 Audi A4 45 TFSI Premium quattro compares with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan.

Beginning with MSRPs, Audi's 2022 A4 is priced an impressive $3,700 less than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz. 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 will need to live without them.

Another area in which Audi bests Mercedes-Benz is interior space and features. Both front and rear rows get more headroom in this Audi sedan, and rear-seat passengers will get more legroom, too. and there's more maximum interior cargo space as well - 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 2022 Audi A4.

Audi A6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Audi A6

2022 Audi A6 45 TFSI Premium quattro


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz E 350 4MATIC Sedan

$55,900 ✔ MSRP $57,450
261 horsepower ✔ Horsepower 255 horsepower
Standard ✔ Rear HVAC Not Available
24 city / 32 hwy / 27 combined  ✔ Fuel Economy 22 city / 30 hwy / 25 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
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.

The first thing you'll notice between these two models is that the 2022 Audi A6 45 TFSI Premium quattro starts at a price $1,550 less than Mercedes-Benz's equivalent E 350. Further features contributing to the Audi A6's unparalleled value include more standard horsepower, a standard electronic parking aid camera and rear climate controls for the 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 2022 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.

IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Audi Safety Awards

Audi is perhaps best known for the legendary traction offered by their quattro® all-wheel-drive technology. In addition, Audi vehicles have a tremendous reputation for safety. Although the 2022 models haven't been tested yet, last year, ten 2021 Audi models received the coveted Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Mercedes-Benz, by comparison, received just four Top Safety Pick awards across their entire 2021 model lineup. It's clear that Audi vehicles offer superior crash protection - and we expect this to continue with the 2022 models.