Compare 2012 Audi A7 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

2012 Audi A7
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
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4-Door Sedan RWD CLS 550
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS 550 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLS 550 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS 63 AMG 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,103
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$59,250
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$988 / month
$1188 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy. Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 36.9
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.1
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 104.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.6 194.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 113.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 15.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x - TBD - 14.2 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4 Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.0
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 23.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 37.0
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/40R19 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/40R19 P255/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4210 4158
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 9.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 180
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 2900-4500 443 @ 1600-4750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 4.6L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 5500-6500 402 @ 5000-5750
Engine Type
Supercharged Gas V6 Gas V8
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 2.47
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.42/2.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A7 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Five-link MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 9.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8.5 -

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