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Audi A7 Sportback 3.0T quattro: Comparison against Mercedes-Benz CLS550

Audi A7 Sportback 3.0T quattro, Mercedes-Benz CLS550

Interesting comparison here of the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0T quattro against the Mercedes-Benz CLS550. Enjoy!

The A7 is what the Porsche Panamera should have been. It certainly looks less improvised, more of-a-piece, and unlike the Porsche’s shotgun marriage of  brand-identity markers to interior dimensional requirements. While the Panamera has sold well, luxury hatchbacks are still rare enough to be an untested novelty, so Audi deserves—and here receives—credit for ditching caution and winging it with a beguiling departure from the routine.

Unlike the Benz, the A7’s intriguing lines only enhance its practicality. Its 1.1-inch advantage in wheelbase widens the rear door openings and opens up legroom for the back passengers. As in the CLS, artistic shaping of the headliner leaves adequate head clearance for six-footers in back, but the A7’s cargo area, accessed through the powered hatch, is 67 percent larger than the CLS’s trunk. Fold the seats using the releases on the seatbacks if you need to haul not just golf clubs but one or two sand traps as well.