Compare The New 2021 Audi A4 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class Models

When it comes to automotive brands with reputations for luxurious quality, two that always stick out are Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Both brands trace their roots of creating high-quality vehicles back to the early 20th century and in the year 2021, both brands have compact luxury sedans they claim to be the best in the 2021 Audi A4 and 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But, which one is really the superior model?

That's what we're here to find out in our research comparison page of the 2021 Audi A4 and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Which is the better performer? Which has more standard features? Which model offers more for your money? We're going to answer all those questions and more, right here.

side profile of interior front seats of 2021 audi a4 including steering wheel and leather upholstery

2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Exterior/Interior

Taking a walk around the 2021 A4, drivers will immediately notice the unique and sporty look of the 2021 A4 with smart lines and elegant available design features like Matrix LED headlights and sequential LED tail lights. Step inside, and that elegance continues with standard leather seats (not standard on the 2021 C-Class) and Brown Walnut wood inlay. Both models come standard with heated front seats, but whereas the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a dual-zone automatic climate control, the 2021 A4 features a standard three-zone auto climate control with a rear display so everyone can be at their ideal temperature no matter where they sit.


Audi virtual cockpit of 2021 Audi a4 with digital high-resolution screen with navigation.

2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Technology

Advanced technology features are staples of both new Audi and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and neither the 2021 A4 or 2021 C-Class disappoint as both sport a wealth of standard technology features such as Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ for smartphone integration. Both models also offer 10-inch center display screens standard as well as the convenient Bluetooth® audio streaming. The 2021 A4 also offers the available Audi virtual cockpit that includes a 12.3-inch high-resolution screen in the instrument cluster for added convenience when it comes to route guidance and driving information.

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2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Performance

The 2021 A4 and 2021 C-Class may be designed for luxury, but it would be disappointing if they didn't have top-of-the-line performance as well. In this category, the 2021 A4 doesn't disappoint and separates itself from the Mercedes-Benz competition. The new Audi A4 comes standard with a punchy 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. With that kind of performance, the Audi A4 can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, quicker than the 2021 C-Class and its time of 5.7 seconds. Plus, the 2021 A4 comes standard with the quattro® all-wheel drive system for added handling and capability while the 2021 C-Class is a standard rear-wheel drive.


rear profile of 2021 audi a4 including led tail lights.

2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Safety Ratings

When it comes to safety, it's hard to beat the 2021 A4 and 2021 C-Class, which have both been lauded by the leaders in automotive safety for their outstanding crash-test ratings. The 2021 Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz 2021 C-Class both received 5/5 stars from the NHTSA when it comes to overall safety and the IIHS named both cars Top Safety Picks, putting them in the elite category when it comes to automotive safety.


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2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Driver Assistance

Staying on the topic of safety, both the 2021 A4 and 2021 C-Class come standard with some of the latest driver-assist technologies such as pre-collision warning and a rear view camera so that drivers can always see exactly where they're going. Drivers will find, however, that the 2021 A4 has a few more of these features standard, including lane-departure warning, which alerts drivers if they start to drift from their lane, as well as high-beam assist.

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2021 Audi A4 VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Price & Value

After seeing all the ways that the 2021  Audi A4 has more performance, interior luxuries, and advanced technology features than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you might think that price is higher for the 2021 A4 compared to the 2021 C-Class. But, once again, the 2021 A4 shows it's exceptional quality with a starting MSRP* of just $39,100, while the 2021 C-Class starts at $41,600. More performance and more features at a lower price? That's just one more example of the return you can expect from an investment in a new 2021 Audi A4.

Come discover more and get behind the wheel of the new 2021 Audi A4 today. Simply, get in touch with our staff at Audi Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, to schedule your test drive.

2021 Audi A42021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan
$39,100Starting MSRP*$41,600
261 HP / 273 lb-ftStandard Horsepower / Torque261 HP / 273 lb-ft
5.2 Seconds0-60 MPH Time5.7 Seconds
quattro® All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainRear-Wheel Drive
StandardLeather UpholsteryAvailable
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
StandardBluetooth® CompatibilityStandard
Top Safety PickIIHS Safety RatingTop Safety Pick
StandardRear-View CameraStandard
StandardLane Departure WarningAvailable
StandardHigh-Beam AssistAvailable

*Prices exclude $1,045 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.