2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class helped define the segment it now dominates.

Competition from Audi's A7 and BMW's 6-Series Gran Coupe may not be a stiff as competition from the same parking lot: an all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

For sure, the CLS-Class still looks great and has the ability to turn heads—in AMG guise, the CLS-Class has the ability to turn stomachs too.

Mercedes-Benz is slowly, but surely, moving its 9-speed automatic into more CLS-Class cars this year, although we haven't seen the fuel economy rewards that we'd like to.

In base CLS400 trim, the sedan is a great-looking car.

In top-of-the-line CLS63 AMG spec, it's a blisteringly fast package.

It's hard to go wrong on either side.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2015 Porsche Panamera2016 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Mercedes CLS-Class looks great—inside and out. But a new E-Class and more efficient powertrains may outrun the potent "four-door coupe" sooner rather than later.
8.8
The 2016 Audi S7 is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today, plus it packs serious performance and abundant high-tech equipment.
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The 2016 BMW M6 is a no-compromises kind of car for buyers unfazed by traditional sports car manufacturers. It's better suited for the streets than the track, and that's not a bad thing.
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The 2016 Jaguar XF may be made of aluminum, but it's no lightweight anymore in rear-seat space or nimble handling.
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The 2016 Porsche Panamera looks like a sports car and drives like one, yet it delivers executive-level ride comfort and cabin appointments.
MSRP From    
$66,900$68,300$77,300$51,900$78,100
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CLS 400 RWD4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige2-Door Coupe 640i RWD4-Door Sedan 35t Premium RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45454
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedanquattro SportbackCoupeSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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