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2014. - 2018.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4
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Wheel drive
Safety
2014. - 2018.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

4953 mm
1881 mm
1419 mm
590 liters
1550 liters
59 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4943 mm
1874 mm
1461 mm
565 liters
1680 liters
65 liters
2014 Mercedes Benz CLS Shooting Brake
2014 Audi A6 Avant

Engine

Mercedes Benz
3.5 M276 DE35 AL
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
3498 cc
333 hp
480 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
3.0 TFSI
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2995 cc
333 hp
440 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
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l/100km
l/100km
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Acc. 0-100
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Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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l/100km
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Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 7 gears
1915 kg
5.4 s
250 km/h
11.0 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
195 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
dual clutch - 7 gears
1815 kg
5.3 s
250 km/h
9.9 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
177 g/km

Expenses

26500 EUR
Price from
14700 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the luxury car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 333hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 333hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

The fact that the Audi got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, CLS offers a marginal difference of 6% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Audi badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as CLS rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Audi A6, averaging around 7.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (37 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to CLS.


Verdict

Audi appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Audi A6 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Audi. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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