Compare 2011 Audi A5 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2011 Audi A5
2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
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2-Door Coupe RWD E 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E 350 17 26 $45,430 $48,850
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury BlueTEC 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport BlueTEC 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Sport 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
2-Door Coupe RWD E 550 15 23 $51,568 $55,450
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Sport 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 350 17 25 $52,870 $56,850
4-Door Sedan RWD E 550 Luxury 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
4-Door Sedan RWD E 550 Sport 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 550 Luxury 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 550 Sport 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 550 15 22 $60,264 $64,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E 63 AMG 13 20 $81,468 $87,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,318
$45,430
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,900
$48,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$615 / month
$814 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet bear one of the most elegant bodies in autodom, and drive with a light, easy touch. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.0 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.0
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.7 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.0 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
182.1 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
54.0 55.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 60.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 15.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 22.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 14.7
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3583 3683
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121.1 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300-6000 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
TFSI Direct SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500-4200 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 26
Transmission
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.69 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.92
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Audi A5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal 5-arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Anti-Dive NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 9.3

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