Compare 2012 Audi A7 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

2012 Audi A7
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium 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 Prestige 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
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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
$55,103
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$59,250
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$988 / month
$1188 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.0
8.4
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
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 36.1
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.6 194.5
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
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/40R19 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/40R19 P255/40R18
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4210 4158
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
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
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
Displacement
3.0L/183 4.6L/285
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
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A7 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8.5 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 9.2

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