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2021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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2021 Audi
A5

MSRP*: $41,800 to $44,000
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
S-Class

MSRP*: $130,150
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Invoice* $39,292 to $41,360 $122,341
MPG - City 24 - 25 MPG 17 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 - 5 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 10.9 - 21.8 ft3 14.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-8
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 201 - 261 hp 463 hp
Exterior Length 184.9 - 187.2 in 198.9 in
Exterior Width 72.6 - 72.7 in 74.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.3 in
Rear 32.7 - 35.1 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 37.8 in
Rear 36.1 - 37.0 in
Front 40.0 in
Rear 36.7 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Audi A5 than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A5.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi A5 as you will with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Audi A5 is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A5 will cost more in transportation costs than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Dimensions
Since the Audi A5 is much slimmer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi A5, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A5 is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Audi A5 has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Audi A5 offers greater seating capacity than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Audi A5 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Warranty
The Audi A5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.