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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium
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2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E350 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E350 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Sport 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
4-Door Sedan RWD E63 AMG 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon RWD E63 AMG 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
2-Door Coupe RWD E550 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E550 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E350 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,504
$46,314
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,100
$49,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$618 / month
$830 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars 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) 37.9 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84.0 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 3.0
Length, Overall (in) 182.1 185.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 15.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - 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) 12.6 x - 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
Spare Tire Size Compact 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
Front Tire Size P245/40R18 P235/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3583 3759
Wheels
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 Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 211 @ 4300 302 @ 6500
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 1500 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 4.38
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.32 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Summary
Body Style Coupe Coupe
Vehicle Name Audi A5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front 5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 8.3
 
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