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
You can also spend thousands on upgrading the seats to give you an almost kinkily violent massage function. But life in the front of a big Benz or Audi was always going to be good and spacious. In these quasi-coupes, do those behind suffer for your sheet-metal art? The CLS's dragster side windows do limit back-seat vision, which might give you some sort of celeb-approved privacy, or might induce motion sickness in your passengers.
But there's plenty of legroom and headroom in both cars. The Mercedes (above) achieves this by moving the two passengers inboard under the domed roof, inserting a solid console between. The Audi's rear-seat occupants sit further apart on a normal bench seat, but still there's no third seatbelt. Huh? Well, in the German automobile hierarchy, hatchbacks are for the proles, and the A7 is a luxury sporty coupe so, by their impeccably consistent logic, it can't possibly have a fifth seat. To us, it's perverse.