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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2007. - 2011.
S - Sports car
coupe, 2 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2010.
S - Sports car
coupe, 2 door
rear

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Dimensons & Outlines

4625 mm
1854 mm
1372 mm
455 liters
455 liters
65 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
5065 mm
1871 mm
1418 mm
490 liters
490 liters
90 liters
2007 Audi A5 Coupe
2006 Mercedes Benz CL

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TFSI
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1984 cc
180 hp
320 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
5.5 M273 E55
Petrol
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
5461 cc
388 hp
530 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1420 kg
7.8 s
236 km/h
8.3 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
149 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
1460 kg
8.1 s
226 km/h
9.4 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
167 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1895 kg
5.4 s
250 km/h
18.1 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
12.1 l/100km
288 g/km

Expenses

7400 EUR
Price from
18500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 2-door coupe body style within the same 'Sports car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Audi and rear in the case of the Mercedes Benz). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 180hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 388hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the sports car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Mercedes Benz CL offers a potentially life-saving difference of 33% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed A5 Coupe as average reliability-wise, and CL is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as A5 Coupe rank it on average as 5.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mercedes Benz is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 14km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be A5 Coupe, averaging around 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (44 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 89% difference compared to Mercedes Benz CL!


Verdict

Mercedes Benz 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, Mercedes Benz CL offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Mercedes Benz being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Audi. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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