Compare 2012 Audi A5 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A5
2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 4MATIC 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $85,095 $91,500

Pricing

Invoice Price

$39,618
$53,680

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$42,600
$57,720

Monthly Payment Estimate

$710 / month
$962 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

30 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.3 40.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

81.0 - TBD -

Second Head Room (in)

36.3 35.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

46.8 48.9

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 42.0

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 32.9

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 40.2

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.5 60.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 3.0

Length, Overall (in)

182.1 185.0

Height, Overall (in)

54.4 55.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.1 60.8

Wheelbase (in)

108.3 108.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.0 75.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

10.2 11.5

Brakes

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 - 11.8 x 0.9

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)

12.6 x - TBD - 12.7 x 1.3

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.9 22.0

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.3 14.7

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.4 35.3

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - NA

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/40R18 P235/45R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/40R18 P255/40R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3880 3948

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 17 x 8.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

258 @ 1500 273 @ 3500-5250

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 3.5L/213

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

211 @ 4300 302 @ 6500

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

30 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

25 22

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.92

Trans Type

1 7

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.92 3.42/2.23

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.86

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

5.18 2.82

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.37

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.82

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.40 - 0.38 4.38

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.73

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Body Style

Convertible Convertible

Suspension

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 NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

5-Link Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.5 8.3

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