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.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is graceful and serene with impressive performance available.
7.2
The 2020 Audi A7 is a desirable low-guilt luxury car with an added dose of practicality.
6.2
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
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Bigger, bulkier, bawdier: The 2019 BMW 8-Series bucks all Bavaria’s typical instincts and revels in its life choices.
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The 2019 Lexus LC is an ambitious effort that hits most of its marks.
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The 2019 Porsche Panamera leaves nothing on the table, in terms of performance, flexibility, and panache.
MSRP From     
$69,950$69,000$51,100$111,900$92,300$86,300
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled 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     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
CLS 450 CoupePremium 55 TFSI quattroSedan 25t Premium RWDM850i xDrive CoupeLC 500 RWDRWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SportbackSedanCoupeCoupeHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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