2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Once unique as a four-door coupe, forging new ground in style, the competition has filled in the segment with a bevy of alternatives.

The Audi A7, for example, is perhaps even more delightfully styled, and offers its own high-tech web-connected system, but is similarly expensive and only available with a supercharged V-6 engine.

The Infiniti Q70 is the low-price leader of this group, but instead of a high-performance option, Infiniti offers a hybrid version, though the interior and exterior are nearly a match for the Mercedes' opulence and style.

The Jaguar XF isn't a four-door coupe, but has its own unique style, and in XFR trim, can give the CLS63 AMG a serious run for its money.

Porsche's Panamera may seem an unlikely comparison, but its higher price brings far better rear-seat room and incredible performance, though the look won't please everyone's eye.

The Cadillac CTS-V is even faster than either the Jaguar or the CLS63 AMG, but is somewhat less luxurious--and less expensive.

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS retains its fashion-forward look, while adding efficiency and, in AMG form, even more impressive performance.
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The basic 2014 Audi A7 is gorgeous, yes--but you'll swoon from the heady mix of raw sex appeal and torrid performance in the S7 and RS 7.
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The 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan range is fast, fun-to-drive, better to look at, and comfortable--a world-class combination.
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With backseat space as the one caveat, the 2014 Jaguar XF lineup can at once be refined, nimble, and a scorcher of a performer in XFR or exclusive XFR-S guise.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
MSRP From     
$72,100$64,500$63,600$49,600$46,975$78,100
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Supercharged Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsSmall Station WagonMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus5-Door Wagon4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan I4 T RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro Sportback5 Door WagonSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD