Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi RS 5 VS 2014 Mercedes C63 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Audi RS 5

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2014 Mercedes C63

Safety Comparison

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The RS 5 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C63 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the RS 5 and the C63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The RS 5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the C63’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Audi RS 5 is faster than the Mercedes C63 (base engine):

RS 5

C63

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The C63 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the RS 5’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the C63:

RS 5

RS 5

C63

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

15 inches

14.2 inches

The RS 5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The C63 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The RS 5 stops shorter than the C63:

RS 5

C63

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the RS 5 has larger standard tires than the C63 (265/35R19 vs. 235/40R18). The RS 5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C63 (275/30R20 vs. 235/40R18).

The RS 5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C63’s standard 40 series front tires. The RS 5’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the C63’s optional 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RS 5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the C63. The RS 5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the C63.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the RS 5 is .6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the C63.

The RS 5 Coupe handles at .96 G’s, while the C63 Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The RS 5 Coupe has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the C63 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The RS 5 Coupe has a larger trunk than the C63 Coupe (12.4 vs. 11.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The RS 5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The C63’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C63 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The RS 5 Cabriolet’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The C63 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the RS 5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RS 5 will cost $360 to $4615 less than the C63 over a five-year period.

The RS 5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the RS 5 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the C63.

RS 5

C63

Five Year

38%

36% to 37%

Three Year

56%

54% to 55%

Recommendations Comparison

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Automobile performed a comparison test in its December 2012 issue and they ranked the Audi RS 5 Coupe higher than the Mercedes C63 Coupe.

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