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
Surprisingly, there are small ergonomic glitches in the Mercedes (see above). Its silver instrument faces and silver switches have markings backlit in silvery-blue, so it's impossible to read them in wintry daylight or summer twilight. And the secondary colour screen in the middle of the Mercedes's speedo is too small for the overload of information it carries - the Audi's equivalent has vastly more real estate.
Both come as standard with big hi-res central screens bearing impressive satnav, connectivity and music functions, but with the inevitable Germano-luxo possibility of spending tens of thousands more. Our test Audi, for instance had infra-red night-vision with pedestrian recognition (as in ‘There's a pedestrian out there in the darkness', not as in ‘Hey, isn't that your mate Dave') and an upgraded satnav that displays 3D models of cities and instructs the transmission, headlamp beam and adaptive cruise control to the road ahead.