Twin test: Mercedes CLS vs Audi A7
A new luxury upstart takes on the undisputed benchmark in an A7 versus CLS shootout
Posted: 07 Mar 2011
Pre-CLS, if you wanted a posh four-door, you got a boxy and prim saloon like an E-Class. But unless it's a minicab, you never see an E-Class with fully grown adults in the back. For most big-saloon owners, the back doors are just an affirmation to themselves that they're less selfish than a coupe buyer. But all along, they wanted a coupe, and the CLS squared the circle.
So it's been an influential car. It came along while the Jaguar XF was at the design phase, and Jaguar's designers immediately lowered the XF's rear roof by two inches. Over at BMW, they're now preparing a four-door version of the new 6-Series. And, just as the second-generation CLS arrives, Audi launches the A7.