What Car? Compares the Audi A7 vs Mercedes-Benz CLS vs BMW 6 Series GT

When the first-gen Audi A7 came out, it was an incredibly popular seller, at least here in the ‘States. It offered surprising practicality, sporty handling and impressive luxury, all wrapped in a stunning design. But it wasn’t the only one. The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was the first of this sort of four-door coupe, with the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe following suit. And that same competition still exists. Sort of.

This new, second-gen Audi A7 is better than ever before. Built on Audi’s new MLB platform, similar to that of the Audi A8, it’s moved upscale a bit and is now better looking and more luxurious than the first-gen car. Admittedly, it’s not as sporty as the first car but it’s a better luxury car and more of a sport grand tourer. However, its competitors are also new. So can the A7 still hang on?

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In this new comparison test from What Car?, the Audi A7 takes on the new Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. Those eagle-eyed readers will notice that the current BMW is a ‘Gran Turismo’ and not a ‘Gran Coupe’. BMW has changed the name and the body style of the 6 Series, so now it’s a practical hunchback rather than a sexy four-door coupe.

We won’t spoil the results of the comparison test for you but we can say that they might surprise you. What they had to say about the A7, though, was that it’s a comfortable, stable cruiser, making it more of a luxury car than the CLS. However, it’s a much more enjoyable to drive than the 6 Series GT. In fact, we’ve driven the BMW 6 Series GT and it’s not very enjoyable to drive quickly. It’s too top-heavy, tall and sloppy to be fun. The A7 isn’t exactly a Miata but it’s more exciting than the BMW.

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As for the inside, the Audi A7 was praised for having a good looking and comfortable cabin but its touchscreen MMI system is less intuitive than the one it replaces, which used a traditional rotary dial.

It’s an interesting comparison test and one worth a read. Check it out.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.