Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs 2012 Volkswagen CC

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2012 Volkswagen CC
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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 Sedan Manual Sport PZEV
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$66,309
$27,345
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$71,300
$28,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1188 / month
$475 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.3 94
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 37.3
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.0
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 36.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
194.5 188.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 106.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 13.0
Brakes
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 12.3 x - TBD -
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)
12.6 x 1.0 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P285/35R18 P235/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/40R18 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4158 3300
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
443 @ 1600-4750 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.6L/285 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
402 @ 5000-5750 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.47 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.93
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.47
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Volkswagen CC
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson concept
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-link fully independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Air Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.2 7.6
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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