2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupe
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Often imitated, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS sticks true to its formula.

Its most direct rival comes from across Germany: the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, which boasts a similarly striking roofline.

The Porsche Panamera comes close in the looks department and is sublime to drive.

Audi's A7 is also a fresh follow-up to a successful first generation that took the CLS theme and added a degree of practicality.

Though they may not have the same dashing style, the Jaguar XF and Cadillac CTS are formidable rivals with plenty of punch and panache.

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2019 BMW M62019 BMW 6-Series
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2019 Cadillac CTS-V2019 Cadillac CTS
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Quick Specs
Look beyond the evolutionary looks; the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has one heck of a hybrid powertrain.
More practical and more elegant than the A6 sedan, the Audi A7 drives better than ever and takes on next-level technology.
The 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a thrilling lame-duck sedan with stunning looks.
The 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is arguably the greatest American performance sedan ever, and we will miss it dearly when it's discontinued after 2019.
The 2019 Jaguar XF mid-size luxury sedan is even better as a wagon; a well-earned break from the crossover craze.
The 2019 Porsche Panamera leaves nothing on the table, in terms of performance, flexibility, and panache.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMid-SizeMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
CLS 450 CoupePremium 55 TFSI quattro640i xDrive Gran Turismo4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDSedan 25t Premium RWDRWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SportbackHatchback4 Door SedanSedanHatchback
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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