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Selected Style 4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige 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 Premium 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS550 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS63 AMG 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLS550 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,103
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$59,250
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$988 / month
$1188 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.2 74.1
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 62.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 24.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.8 23.8
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P255/45R18 P255/40R18
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/45R18 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4210 4158
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 18 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
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
Displacement 3.0L/183 4.6L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 310 @ 5500-6500 402 @ 5000-5750
Engine Type Supercharged Gas V6 Gas V8
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 @ 2900-4500 443 @ 1600-4750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
Transmission
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
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.85 2.47
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A7 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Air Springs
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8.5 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 9.2
 
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