The luxury four-door coupe segments is one of the hotter segments in the market right now, with cars coming from a few different brands now. Though, it all started with the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Now, the CLS-Class is in its third generation and it’s still a great looking car. It’s not the only game in town, though, and the other big name in the segment is the Audi A7. In this comparison test from Australia’s Drive, we take a look at which one is best.
In this test, we see the Audi A7 55 TFSI and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450. I’ll never understand Audi’s new naming system properly but the “55 TFSI” means that this specific A7 packs a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 making 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. As for the Benz, it gets a very new 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six and it’s a very sophisticated engine, with a beltless design and a mild hybrid system. It makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft.
But which one is better to drive? According to Drive, it’s hard to say. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 450 is a touch quicker and feels a bit sportier. Its steering is meatier and its handling is a bit more impressive. However, it’s also a bit stiff and uncomfortable. By contrast, the Audi A7 is a bit less engaging but more comfortable. So it’s a trade off for both cars. Let’s not forget, though, that both cars are comfortable and both cars are good to drive. They just excel at different things.
As for their interiors and technology, it really depends on what you’re after. If you like your cabins a bit calmer, with slightly better materials and slicker technology, then the Audi A7 is for you. If you fancy yourself a bit more flash, a bit more bling and are willing to sacrifice some tech to get it, then the Benz is your choice.
In the end, Drive concluded that each car is for a specific taste. If you want something more comfortable, quiet and high-tech, go with the Audi A7. If you want something sportier, flashier and more exciting, go with the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450. Though, Drive did end up choosing the A7.