Autogefühl decided to conduct a comparison test between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS and the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback. The car of their choice was the economical “ultra” variant which is a nameplate that Audi has recently introduced on its more frugal models. This particular comes with a front-wheel drive layout like all ultra-badged model and is powered by a six-cylinder 3.0 TDI engine developing 218 bhp and 400 Nm of torque sent to the wheels with help from a newly developed seven-speed S tronic transmission.
According to the reviewer, the cabin of the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback looks and feels more luxurious compared to the prefacelift variant and the wind noise has also been greatly reduced. Compared to the CLS which has a more sedan-like rear opening, the A7 adopts a more practical lift gate which will be greatly appreciated by those who usually carry cargo.
Moreover, the test done by Autogefühl concluded that roomier interior cabin of the A7 is preffered when compared to the CLS. However, they did criticize Audi for posting such ambitious fuel consumption figures as apparently these are hard to achieve while during hard accelerations the front end of the car feels light which is understandable since we are dealing with a FWD vehicle.
As for the CLS, the reviewer enjoyed the car’s 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission fitted inside a CLS 250 BlueTEC variant equipped with a four-cylinder 2.2-liter turbodiesel rated at 204 bhp and 400 Nm.