Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs 2012 Audi A7

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2012 Audi A7
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$66,309
$55,103
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$71,300
$59,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1188 / month
$988 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 37.0
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 36.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 36.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 114.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.5 195.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 24.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.0 13.0 x - TBD -
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)
14.2 x 1.4 14.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 19.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P285/35R18 P255/40R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/40R18 P255/40R19
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4158 4210
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 190
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
402 @ 5000-5750 310 @ 5500-6500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Supercharged Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
443 @ 1600-4750 325 @ 2900-4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.6L/285 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.47 2.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Audi A7
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Trapezoidal-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Five-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.2 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8.5

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