2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has a couple of direct rivals and others that compete based on style.

The BMW 8-Series is offered as a four-door “coupe” called the Gran Coupe.

It’s larger and even more luxurious.

The Audi A7 has a coupe-like profile, but it’s actually a hatchback and it dazzles with style and technology.

The Jaguar XF is a more traditional sedan, but it’s still very stylish.

The Porsche Panamera and Mercedes’ own GT 4-Door Coupe put more focus on performance, but both also cost much more.

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2021 Audi A72021 Audi A7
2021 BMW 8-Series2021 BMW 8-Series
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
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2020 Jaguar XF2020 Jaguar XF
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2020 Porsche Panamera2020 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class delivers power and performance to go with its elegance.
The 2021 Audi A7 heaps luxury into a svelte shape like a great tuxedo.
The 2021 BMW 8-Series is a gorgeous statement piece that strikes an enviable balance between performance and usability.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is a worthy rival for the best performance sedans on the market.
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
It’s expensive, but the Porsche Panamera proves that old saw about getting what you pay for.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
CLS 450 CoupePremium 55 TFSI quattro840i Gran CoupeAMG GT 43 4-Door CoupeSedan 25t Premium RWDRWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SportbackSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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