Which Is Better Depends On Where You’re Sitting
“This car has an identity crisis. The aggressive exterior, brash exhaust note and firm ride say ‘sport,’ but the interior screams ‘grandma!'”
Strong words, especially when they originate from a stranger named Stephen sitting in the back seat of the $80,995 Mercedes-Benz some 80 miles from where we picked him up. The 31-year-old real estate broker and five other industry outsiders were invited to spend the day with AudiMobiles to help us compare the 2012 Audi A7 3.0T to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550.
These two vehicles have met head-to-head before, but not on these pages. To make things a bit more interesting, the decision was made to review these “four-door coupes” not only from the driver’s perspective, but from all four seating positions. The unique comparison would require each of the vehicles to carry 700-plus pounds of passengers comfortably from the flatlands of the hot LA Basin up to the cool mile-high elevations of Big Bear Lake and back. The winner would be determined by a simple vote.
As this task called for six warm bodies willing to be chauffeured 160 miles over a long afternoon, AudiMobiles’s Facebook page was enlisted to recruit. Within 24 hours, we had our six smiling volunteers fingered.