2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Coupe Comparison in Columbus, OH

The 2020 Audi A7 is nothing shy of an icon. Only a decade old, it has already challenged norms and become a symbol of refined elegance, powerful performance, and German quality. This sportback car rules the road, despite challenges from other vehicles from companies like Mercedes-Benz. Try as it might, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Coupe can't match what the 2020 Audi A7 offers. We'll take a look at these two vehicles below so that you can see why Audi is the natural choice for those who refuse to settle for less than the best.

Rear seats in Audi A7

2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Design & Space

The 2020 Audi A7 is a proud sportback, meaning that it combines the utility of a hatchback with a sporty, coupe-inspired design. The Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, on the other hand, calls itself a four-door coupe. What this really means is that it's a sedan with a swooping roofline. There are some exterior differences. For example, the Audi A7 has a bold Singleframe® grille that stands in bold contrast to the diamond-block grille of the Mercedes CLS 450. You'll also get an adaptive rear spoiler on the Audi A7, but not the Benz. But the design differences become even clearer as soon as you look inside. Though they have similar front headroom and legroom, the 2020 Audi A7 has a much roomier second row of seats. The second row of the Audi A7 features 37.1 inches of headroom and 37 inches of legroom. Choose the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 and you'd only get 35.9 inches of rear headroom and 35 inches of rear legroom. The Audi A7 also features much greater cargo space. While the trunk in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 has only 11.9 cubic feet, the 2020 Audi A7 has 24.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats.

Audi A7 touchscreens

2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Interior Technology

Other than space, these two cars may appear similar on the inside at first glance. Both share a detail-oriented fit and finish, as well as luxurious leather upholstery. But when you start to look at the technology, the differences are striking. The standard 12.3-inch touchscreen in the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 is impressive, we'll give it that. But for improved ergonomics and greater overall space, the 2020 Audi A7 has a split touchscreen system. The top touchscreen is 8.8 inches, and the lower one is 8.6 inches. Haptic response and intuitive design let you easily control features like the radio, navigation system, and climate control. While we're on the subject of climate control: tri-zone automatic climate control is a standard feature in the Audi A7, but an available upgrade if you choose the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450.

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2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 have similar engine power. Both engines generate 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine in the Mercedes-Benz does generate a bit more horsepower, but the acceleration is nearly identical. But there are differences other than engine power. Let's take a look at the transmission, for example. The 9-speed automatic transmission in the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 does provide smooth shifting, but it can't quite match the transmission in the Audi A7. The A7 is equipped with a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission. The dual-clutch design means that you won't lose power during gear shifts. In addition, every 2020 Audi A7 comes with quattro® all-wheel drive, which provides exceptional control and handling. The Benz CLS 450 does offer available all-wheel drive, but you'll have to pay more to get it.

Audi A7 parked

2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Safety

Whatever kind of car you drive, your safety is a top priority. Audi knows this, which is why the 2020 A7 has earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 hasn't earned any awards from the IIHS, or even been crash tested by them. Both vehicles include driver-assistance features like forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, as well as available features like lane-keeping assist.

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2020 Audi A7 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Value

The 2020 Audi A7 provides better features and notably more interior space than the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, and it does it all at a lower price. The starting MSRP for the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 is $950 more than that of the Audi A7! Choosing the Audi means nearly $1,000 more in your pocket, for a vehicle that provides superior comfort and remarkable luxury.

2020 Audi A72020 Mercedes CLS 450 Coupe
$69,000Starting MSRP*$69,950
335Standard Horsepower362
369 lb.-ft.Standard Torque369
5.2 SecondsAcceleration (0-60 mph)5.1 Seconds
7-Speed Dual-Clutch AutomaticTransmission9-Speed Automatic Transmission
24.9 cu. ft.Cargo Volume11.9 cu. ft.
8.8-Inch Upper & 8.6-Inch Lower TouchscreensStandard Touchscreen12.3-Inch Touchscreen
Standard Feature3-Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS AwardsNone
Standard FeatureAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.