Audi S7 vs Mercedes CLS 500

Facts and figures

 Audi S7 4.0 TFSI S tronicMercedes CLS 500 Sport
On the road price/total as tested£61,995/£88,795£63,050/£73,245
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£27,278/44.0%£25,094/39.8%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£4,294/£8,588£3,993/£7,987
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£3,628/£6,046£3,471/£5,786
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost44/£894/K/£27047/£1,215/K/£270
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd serviceTBC£270/£446/£270
Peak power/revs414/5,500 bhp/rpm402/5,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs550/1,400 Nm/rpm600/1,600 Nm/rpm
Transmission7-spd auto/4wd7-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel75 litres/sp. saver80 litres/sp. saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down)535/1,390 litres520 litres/N/A
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,945/610/2,100kg1,890/485kg/N/A
Turning circle/drag coefficient11.9 metres/0.26Cd11.3 metres/0.30Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60,000)/3yrs3yrs (unltd)/4yrs
Service intervals/UK dealersVariable/135Variable/136
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.15th/26th*8th/10th*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./starsN/AN/A
0-60/30-70mph4.3/3.9 secs5.0/4.3 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th2.5/3.6 secs2.5/3.6 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th4.7/6.4/9.0 secs5.0/6.6/8.5 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph155mph/2,000rpm155mph/2,000rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph46.0/34.0/9.1m46.3/33.7/9.3m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph64/41/59/65dB64/41/59/65dB
Auto Express economy/range20.0mpg/330 miles20.9mpg/368 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined21.1/37.7/29.4mpg22.6/40.9/31.4mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined4.6/8.3/6.5mpl5.0/9.0/6.9mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket326/225g/km/35%312/209g/km/32%
Airbags/Isofix/xenon lightsSix/yes/yesSeven/yes/yes
Climate ctrl/leather/heated seatsYes/yes/yesYes/yes/yes
Met paint/cruise/adaptive cruise ctrl£750/yes/£1,250^Yes/yes/£2,295**
Lane assist/blind spot/adapt susp£575^/£525^/y£2,295**/£2,295**/y
Sat-nav/Bluetooth/rear cameraYes/yes/£820Yes/yes/£390

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