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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
4 x 4
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
1965 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

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 sports car segment and utilize the same 2-door coupe 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 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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the sports car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Mercedes Benz CL offers a considerable difference of 21% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, 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. The same official information place CL as average reliability-wise, and A5 Coupe is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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