Compare 2012 Volkswagen CC vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

2012 Volkswagen CC
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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4-Door Sedan Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 21 31 $27,345 $28,515
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV 21 31 $27,345 $28,515
4-Door Sedan DSG Sport 22 31 $28,401 $29,615
4-Door Sedan DSG Sport PZEV 22 31 $28,401 $29,615
4-Door Sedan Manual R-Line 21 31 $29,211 $30,460
4-Door Sedan Manual R-Line PZEV 21 31 $29,211 $30,460
4-Door Sedan Lux 22 31 $30,131 $31,420
4-Door Sedan Lux PZEV 22 31 $30,131 $31,420
4-Door Sedan DSG R-Line 22 31 $30,266 $31,560
4-Door Sedan DSG R-Line PZEV 22 31 $30,266 $31,560
4-Door Sedan Lux Plus 22 31 $32,476 $33,865
4-Door Sedan Lux Plus PZEV 22 31 $32,476 $33,865
4-Door Sedan Lux Limited 22 31 $33,243 $34,665
4-Door Sedan Lux Limited PZEV 22 31 $33,243 $34,665
4-Door Sedan Executive 4Motion 17 25 $38,734 $40,390
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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
$27,345
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,515
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$1188 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Value-minded sedan shoppers who are willing to sacrifice a little practicality in the name of style will find a lot to like in the 2012 Volkswagen CC. 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
21 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 36.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94 104.3
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 42.1
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 194.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 113.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 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)
11.1 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 23.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.0
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R17 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R17 P255/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3300 4158
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 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)
- TBD - 180
Engine
Fuel System
DI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700-5000 443 @ 1600-4750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 4.6L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 402 @ 5000-5750
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V8
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.42/2.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 2.47
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen CC Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-link fully independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson concept MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 9.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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