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2012 Audi A5

2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

  2012 Audi A5 2-door Coupe Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $34,504 $46,314
21/31 15/32
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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 Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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  • Four real seats in the Cabrio
  • Striking and handsome lines
  • Well-built, inside and out
  • Multiple transmission options


  • CVT in base car not very Audi
  • Cabrio cuts down rear seat space
  • Drop-top reduces trunk space too
  • Safety features shouldn't be optional


  • Four body styles--including a wagon
  • Rich interior trims
  • Spacious interior
  • Available all-wheel drive (even on coupe)
  • Fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel


  • Somewhat busy styling
  • Learning curve to electronics
  • Clutter of buttons
  • Base vinyl upholstery
Crash Test Ratings No crash data available
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