If you're in the market for a luxury small car, chances are that the 2017 Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are all on your radar. Sporty, stylish, and totally luxurious, all three vehicles have their own individual virtues. If you have to choose one, though, which will it be? Today, we're stacking them up and trimming them down to see who comes out in a head-to-head competition.

To truly get a great comparison of these three vehicles, we decided to find three near-the-top trim levels that offered comparable pricing and features, that way each vehicle is showing its best. For reference, we're looking at the 2017 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 4MATIC Sedan, and the 2017 BMW 3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan.

Check out the Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes C-Class comparison below now, then schedule a test drive of your favorite!

Performance of Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In terms of performance, all three vehicles have a lot to offer. They are all highly ranked among critics and customers alike, and are all well-loved. Still, there are some clear differences when it comes to performance.

The 2017 Audi A4 offers a turbo premium 2.0L I-4 engine that produces up to 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission, the vehicle offers a sporty performance.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class is also powered by a turbo premium 2.0L I-4 engine that produces up to 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Paired standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, the vehicle offers convenience and comfort.

The 2017 BMW 3 Series is equipped with a turbo premium 3.0L I-6 engine that generates up to 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode that has both a nimble and smooth ride quality.

Vehicle Exterior Dimensions & Maneuverability

One important factor to drivers in the Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan area is the exterior dimensions of the vehicle. Since city parking is notoriously difficult, having a small vehicle is exceptionally important. For convenience, we've organized the dimensions in an easy-to-read graph below.


BMW 3 Series

Audi A4

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Overall Length (in.)




Max Width (in.)




Overall Height (in.)





As you can see from the graph, the 2017 BMW 3 Series offers the smallest exterior, which means it's the easiest vehicle of the bunch to get in and out of those tight parking and garage spaces.

Check Out Your Favorite Model Today

While all three of these vehicles offer exceptional features, it's clear that the 2017 BMW 3 Series really excels. The vehicle offers excellent performance and an abundance of luxury features and options for you to choose from. Get a closer look at the vehicle at your local BMW dealer near Manhattan, Queen, and Bronx.

BMW of Manhattan is your local BMW dealership with a vast selection of new BMW vehicles for you to choose from. Get a closer look at the 2017 BMW 3 Series online now, then schedule a test drive to get a closer look.

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