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
The Mercedes is the luxury car here, but then you'd expect a Mercedes to be just that. It's quieter, smoother and better-riding. You relax into it like you do in a hot bath. The Audi looks for all the world the chiselled, lean athlete, and its responsive gearbox and suction-pad traction bear it out. But it doesn't have the sense of fun to press home that advantage. If you prefer the Audi's style or could use its hatchback, fair enough, but beside the Mk2 CLS, the A7 feels like what it is: a first attempt.
Hat-tip to the Audi A7 for bringing back elegant minimalism to Audi design. But it’s the Mercedes CLS that best marries the comfort of a limo-barge with the driving smarts of a coupe.