2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class most often competes with the BMW 8-Series and Audi A7 four-door “coupes.” The Audi A7 is filled with tech and just as stately.

The BMW 8-Series is new for 2020 and is bigger, but also more expensive.

The Jaguar XF is a wildcard here: it’s older but elegantly styled with an available wagon that’s gorgeous, too.

The Lexus LC is another wildcard: if you’re looking for a head-turner for two, it’s worth a look.

The Porsche Panamera can outgun them all in performance and price.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2019 Audi A72020 Audi A7
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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan 25t Premium RWD Angular Front Exterior View2020 Jaguar XF
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2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)2019 BMW 8-Series
#11 in Coupes
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2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series2019 Lexus LC
#7 in Coupes
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2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo first drive2019 Porsche Panamera
#3 in Wagons
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is graceful and serene with impressive performance available.
6.8
Bigger, bulkier, bawdier: The 2019 BMW 8-Series bucks all Bavaria’s typical instincts and revels in its life choices.
7.0
The 2019 Lexus LC is an ambitious effort that hits most of its marks.
7.2
The 2019 Porsche Panamera leaves nothing on the table, in terms of performance, flexibility, and panache.
MSRP From     
N/AN/A$51,100$111,900$92,300$86,300
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AIntercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/AMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
N/APremium 55 TFSI quattroSedan 25t Premium RWDM850i xDrive CoupeLC 500 RWDRWD
Drivetrain     
N/AAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/Aquattro SportbackSedanCoupeCoupeHatchback
Transmission     
N/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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