There’s a class of large luxury sedans that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the 2019 models of both Mercedes-Benz and Audi deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Audi A3, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Audi A3. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Audi side-by-side.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Audi A3: Performance
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
has a lineup of powerful engines. New for the 2019 C 300 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged, 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base engine displays ample power, whether taking off quickly from a stop or cruising at high speeds. The C-Class comes standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The C-Class prioritizes a comfortable and plush ride quality over athletic handling, though handling is still respectable.
For 2018, the Audi A3 and its variants offer the choice of numerous powertrains. The base powertrain in the Audi A3 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This 186-horsepower setup does an exceptional job of balancing lively acceleration. The A3 comes standard with front-wheel drive. This system provides excellent grip, supplementing the A3’s responsive handling and composed ride quality.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Audi A3: Feature Comparison
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
has an upscale and elegant interior that’s rife with premium materials. It offers plush power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery that come standard, while providing all-day comfort and plenty of support for long drives or spirited back-road adventures. There is sufficient room for passengers in the sedan’s second row. Standard features in the 2019 C-Class include dual-zone automatic climate control, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a sunroof, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and attention assist driver drowsiness monitoring. The C-Class’ upgraded tech features give the car a modern look and feel.
The 2018 Audi A3 continues Audi’s tradition of top-quality interiors, though this cabin isn’t quite at the same level as its more expensive stablemates. As well-designed as the standard technology is, the upgraded infotainment system and virtual cockpit are even better. The A3 comes with the MMI infotainment interface, featuring crisp graphics displayed on a 7-inch display with an intuitive menu layout. It includes a 10-speaker audio system, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and *Bluetooth®. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Front, Audi Pre Sense Basic , and rain-sensing wipers and headlights are also standard. Things aren’t as rosy in the back; the A3 comes up short in rear legroom and trunk space.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Audi A3: Overall Comparison
The heavily refreshed 2019 C-Class is a good car. This Mercedes-Benz has several engine options, and all deliver satisfying power. The C 300 has ample power for daily driving, whether you’re taking off quickly from a stop or cruising and passing at highway speeds. The transmission delivers quick and smooth shifts. Plus, if you’re looking for a luxurious ride and cabin, the C-Class nails it. Elegant materials are everywhere you look (and touch), and the list of standard and optional features is extensive. All in all, the C-Class’ sleek, modern, and luxurious cabin is one of the nicest in the class.
The 2018 Audi A3 delivers spirited performance. The A3 has features and high-quality materials found in higher-priced Audi stablemates. However, the A3 ranks in the lower half of luxury small cars because it has less rear-seat and trunk space than most competitors. If you’re looking for space or utility, the A3 really isn’t that good of a car. The back seats are short on space, especially for tall riders. While the A3 features standard amenities like leather seats, driver assists, and intuitive technology, other luxury sedans give you more choices for increased opulence.
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