Compare 2012 Audi A5 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A5
2012 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 $34,504 $37,100
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $34,504 $37,100
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $34,504 $37,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $35,620 $38,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $35,620 $38,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $35,620 $38,300
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $39,618 $42,600
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $39,618 $42,600
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $39,618 $42,600
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $41,572 $44,700
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $41,572 $44,700
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $41,572 $44,700
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2-Door Coupe RWD E 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E 350 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E 350 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Sport 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
2-Door Coupe RWD E 550 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Sport 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 350 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 550 Sport 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 550 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E 63 AMG 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
4-Door Wagon RWD E 63 AMG 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,504
$46,314
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,100
$49,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$618 / month
$830 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
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
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
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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