With the sedan segment rife with competition, we find out how Audi’s new upgrade to its A4 will fare against the C 200s, 321is and Portfolios
Mercedes-BenzC 200 CGI
Armed with a 1991cc petrol engine making 184bhp, and the looks of a scaled down S-Class, the new C-Class is comfortable and packs in loads of style. With a much bigger petrol engine and an optional oil burner, the sedan would appeal to performance enthusiasts too. It may not be the most fun-to-drive option in the segment, but it most definitely is one of the most lavish ones. Rs 42.1 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai).
BMW 320i Prestige
The 3 Series has always been a legendary machine with 50:50 weight distribution, immaculate handling characteristics and a rear wheel drive platform. With 184bhp of power coming from a 1998cc inline four-cylinder petrol engine, you’ve got to be the one driving it if you are owning one. Even if you are hiring a chauffeur, you can relax as there is ample space in the back. Rs 37.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai). Details: bmw.in
Jaguar XE Portfolio
This one may be the most expensive in the segment. There’s just something about the XE that isn’t quantifiable that could give the Germans an inferiority complex. Under the long hood is a 1999cc, 237.4bhp engine, which also makes it the most powerful among its immediate contenders. All of that does come at a price because elegance doesn’t come cheap. Rs 49.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai). Details: jaguar.in