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 Audi has a bit less power and quite a bit less torque, but despite the quattro drive, it weighs less than the Mercedes - both have largely steel structures, but most of the exterior panels are aluminium. Their all-out performance justifies the 50 grand.
But they go about it differently. The Mercedes engine is almost uncannily quiet, tending to silence at a motorway cruise, and it delivers its torque without much of a trough at either end of the rev scale. The shove in the back is insistent. The full-auto transmission weaves its way through both town and highway with feathery softness, but like all Benzes, it isn't so co-operative when you feel like taking control.