Compare 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs 2011 Audi A8

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2011 Audi A8
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4-Door Sedan CLS550
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CLS550 14 21 $68,820 $74,000
4-Door Sedan CLS63 AMG 12 18 $92,116 $99,050
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$68,820
$72,587
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$74,000
$78,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1233 / month
$1301 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 59.1
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.3 114.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.72
Length, Overall (in)
193.3 202.2
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 117.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 76.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.5 14.6
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 14.2 x 1.34
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x 0.87
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/35R19 P255/45R19
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P285/30R19 P255/45R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4023 4409
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 12.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800-4800 328 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.5L/333 4.2L/254
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000 372 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
- TBD - FSI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 21
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.17
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.20
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Audi A8
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Adaptive Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Adaptive Air
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
4-Link NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 4

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