Specs at a Glance

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018 Acura TLX 2018 Audi A4
Roadside Assistance
  Unlimited yr / mi 4 yr / 50,000 mi 4 yr / Unlimited mi
  241 hp 206 hp 190 hp

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Audi A4

Serving Franklin, Nashville, and Brentwood, TN

A compact luxury car is both a very specific and a very versatile vehicle. While there are several things that all compact luxury vehicles must offer, such as quick and responsive performance and a stylish and upscale design, drivers are attracted to them for a variety of reasons, allowing for a variety of these cars to be successful. Among the most popular small luxury car models this year are the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the 2018 Acura TLX and the 2018 Audi A4. Each of these cars offers drivers several strong qualities, but which of them offers the best overall luxury small car experiences? We’ve taken a look at several different areas where these successful vehicles differ from each other, and tested to see which approach was the best


Out of the gate, the 2018 C-Class is the most powerful of the three vehicles, with its entry-level engine boasting 241 horsepower to the Acura’s 206 horsepower and Audi’s 190 horsepower. While more powerful models of the other two cars make a fair match for the similar Mercedes-Benz engines, the C-Class earns a point for offering more consistent performance across the entire model range. Its excellent controls and sharp suspension also put it over the top when compared with the two other vehicles. While the Acura TLX offers solid power and a relatively strong suspension, those are only available on the top models, and its steering feels somewhat lifeless across the entire lineup. The Audi A4 has the suspension and the agility to match the Mercedes-Benz, but with a maximum of 252 horsepower, it is not as strong as the more powerful C-Class options like the 275-horsepower C-Class hybrid, giving the Mercedes-Benz the advantage over the Audi in straight-line acceleration.

Body Options

One of the strong points of the luxury small car class is the sheer amount of different designs and layouts that are available. Of the three competing vehicles, only the Acura TLX offers no alternatives to the standard sedan. The Audi A4 can be purchased in both a conventional sedan configuration and as the Allroad wagon, designed to provide a little extra utility. However, when it comes to a variety of options and styles, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is unmatched, offering three body styles: sedan, coupe and cabriolet, as well as a plug-in hybrid model. This makes it easy for many different drivers to choose the model that gives that what they want, whether that is utility, performance, leisure or efficiency.

Styling and Design

A luxury car can not live up to that designation without looking the part, inside and out. The 2018 TLX offers a very attractive interior, but it is marred by the presence of hard plastics and some other less-premium accents. The interior of the 2018 A4 is nicely executed as well, and filled with quality materials, but it slots narrowly behind the opulent cabin of the 2018 C-Class. From the outside, the Mercedes-Benz advantage is even clearer, with both the Acura and the Audi featuring more conservative, aging body designs that are easily swept away by the flowing lines of the C-Class. So if looking good while you are driving around is a priority, then the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the car you need.

It takes an exceptional vehicle to stand out among the many good cars found in the small luxury car segment, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is more than equal to that challenge. It not only offers an excellent combination of power, control and refinement in its performance, but it also matches or exceeds its competitors when it comes to both versatility, quality and looks. Whatever you are looking for in a compact luxury vehicle, you will find it when you test-drive the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class at our local dealership in Franklin, located near the Brentwood and Nashville market areas.

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