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

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2016 Audi A5

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2016 Mercedes E-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 E-Class Coupe.

Both the A5 and the E-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 E-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 E-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.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the A5’s reliability will be 38% better than the E-Class Coupe.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A5 Coupe Auto gets better fuel mileage than the E400 Coupe 4Matic (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the E-Class Coupe (245/40R18 vs. 235/40R18). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Coupe (255/35R19 vs. 235/40R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the E-Class Coupe.

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

The A5 Coupe has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Coupe (84 vs. 81).

The A5 Coupe has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Class Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the A5’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The E-Class Coupe’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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 E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the E-Class Coupe.


E-Class Coupe

Five Year

36% to 38%


Three Year

51% to 54%

44% to 46%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A5 will be $7222 to $17253 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi A5 and the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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