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
Mercedes too has switched to electric steering for the CLS. Manufacturers fit it because it saves fuel and complexity, allows more tuning of weight at different speeds, and can include extra functions like self-parking and pulling you back into a motorway lane if you drift. But it nearly always sacrifices ultimate feel, as the Audi proves. At all normal speeds, the CLS wheel is weighted just like any other Benz, with a deliberate action and lots of self-centring. On our greasy test roads, it didn't give us enough feel to be entirely confident, even on winter tyres, but when we did the first drive in a sunnier place, it did the job.