2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is the logical competitor and is a very good car—especially in M6 form.

We're just not sold on BMW's iDrive in there.

The Porsche Panamera is all new this year and is exciting.

We expect that the Porsche will be king of the hill for a while.

The Jaguar XF was new last year, although we think that it's a stiffer ride and worse packaging now.

The Audi A7 is a worthy competitor and is one of our highest rated cars for its supreme performance and good looks.

The CTS is interesting—especially in CTS-V form—because of its no-holds-barred approach to the segment.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is the first of its kind and in need of a makeover. It's still timeless, but it's also time for what's next.
8.6
The 2017 Audi A7’s combination of sexy exterior style and healthy interior practicality make for a grand touring luxury sedan par excellence.
6.8
The 2017 BMW 6-Series is a luxurious jack of all trades (speed, style, comfort, and quality) but a master of one: grand touring.
7.5
The 2017 Cadillac CTS should be on any shoppers short list for mid-size luxury
7.6
The aluminum-bodied 2017 Jaguar XF is no lightweight when it comes to nimble handling or rear-seat space.
With better looks, more efficient and powerful engines, and a less cluttered interior, the 2017 Porsche Panamera promises to be a better carn than the fun sport sedan it's always been.
MSRP From     
$74,850$68,800$77,600$45,995$48,250$85,000
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
CLS 550 Coupe3.0 TFSI Prestige640i Coupe4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD20d RWDRWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SportbackCoupe4 Door SedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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