2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test


2008 Mercedes-Benz C300: Benz or A4 2.0T?

January 09, 2009

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I know I haven't always had nice things to say about our long-term 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300, but I came to an interesting conclusion after spending a few days recently with Audi's new 2009 2.0T Quattro sedan:

I think I'd rather have the Benz.

My chief complaint is the rather ragged sound and feel of the amped-up 2.0T, which Mr. Kavanagh has already discussed in an excellent post on our long-term A4 Avant. The 2.0T's econobox-style four-cylinder drone, replete with steering-wheel vibrations at higher rpm, just seems out of place in an entry-level luxury sedan. I share Jay's bewilderment: "Audi doesn't think its customers care...about such trivialities?" I certainly care -- I'll take the C300's smooth and authoritative V6 growl every day of the week.

Am I alone here? Would anyone else take the Benz over the Audi?

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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