Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi A5 VS 2015 Mercedes C-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi A5

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2015 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A5. But it costs extra on the C-Class Coupe.

Both the A5 and the C-Class Coupe 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The A5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the C-Class Coupe’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

The A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (220 vs. 201) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 229) than the C250 Coupe’s standard 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Coupe:


C-Class Coupe

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The A5 stops shorter than the C-Class Coupe:


C-Class Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

110 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the C-Class Coupe (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R17). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Coupe (255/35R19 vs. 225/45R17).

The A5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Coupe’s standard 45 series front tires. The A5’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the C-Class Coupe’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the C-Class Coupe. The A5’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the C-Class Coupe.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the C-Class Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

The A5 Coupe has .5 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 C-Class Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A5 Coupe has a larger trunk than the C-Class Coupe (12.2 vs. 11.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air conditioned seats in the A5 Cabriolet keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the A5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the C-Class Coupe is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The A5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the A5 will retain 36% to 38% of its original price after five years, while the C-Class Coupe only retains 32% to 34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A5 is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Coupe because it costs $486 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the A5 than the C-Class Coupe, including $585 less for a fuel pump and $5 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi A5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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