2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The CLS squares off most directly against the Audi A7, though the costlier BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe is also worth a look.

Like the A7, the CLS is the sexier version of a four-door sedan, and both offer compelling reasons to spend a little more for a pretty design.

The Porsche Panamera sets you back much more money, but its special feel is unmatched by any other performance sedan.

AMG versions of the CLS are gone this year, so consider the similarly shapely—and decidedly rapid—AMG GT for your performance four-door needs.

Finally, the Volvo S90 may not be nearly as evocative, but it’s a great value with an elegant design and a spacious back seat.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS ClassGet Your Price2022 BMW 8-Series Competition Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2022 BMW 8-Series
#3 in Coupes
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2021 Audi A72021 Audi A7
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
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2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo2021 Porsche Panamera
#2 in Wagons
2021 Volvo S902021 Volvo S90
Quick Specs
7.2
Even with a shrunken lineup this year, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 is worthy of consideration.
7.2
The 2022 BMW 8-Series boasts beautiful looks, modern luxury, and sporty moves in an expensive package.
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The 2021 Audi A7 heaps luxury into a svelte shape like a great tuxedo.
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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is a worthy rival for the best performance sedans on the market.
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The 2021 Porsche Panamera is one of the finest cars money can buy, as it should be for the prices its maker charges.
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The 2021 Volvo S90 and V90 argue for luxury-car status with rational performance and style.
MSRP From     
$72,950$85,000$69,200$89,900$87,200$51,550
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
CLS 450 4MATIC Coupe840i CoupePremium 55 TFSI quattroAMG GT 43 4-Door CoupeRWDT6 AWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545445
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4MATICCoupequattro SportbackHatchbackHatchbackSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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