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Model
Variant
Engine
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Make
Model
Variant
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2006. - 2010.
S - Sports car
coupe, 2 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2011.
S - Sports car
coupe, 2 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

5065 mm
1871 mm
1418 mm
490 liters
490 liters
90 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4635 mm
1854 mm
1369 mm
455 liters
455 liters
64 liters
2006 Mercedes Benz CL
2007 Audi A5 Coupe S5

Engine

Mercedes Benz
5.5 M273 E55
Petrol
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
5461 cc
388 hp
530 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen / Audi
4.2 FSI CAU
Petrol
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
4163 cc
354 hp
440 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1630 kg
5.1 s
250 km/h
18.1 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
12.1 l/100km
288 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

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
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1675 kg
5.4 s
250 km/h
15.7 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
10.8 l/100km
256 g/km

Expenses

15500 EUR
Price from
7400 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 (rear for the Mercedes Benz and 4 x 4 in the case of the Audi). The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 388hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 354hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. 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. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Mercedes Benz CL offers a considerable difference of 16% 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, all the models observed together. That's the official data, 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. Independent research findings rank CL as average reliability-wise, and A5 Coupe is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Mercedes Benz CL rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 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 things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 12.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (23 mpg), in combined cycle.


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 significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Mercedes Benz. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. 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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