Audi A7 v Mercedes CLS v Porsche Panamera review - Auto Express

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Audi A7 TDI Biturbo v Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Review
Life’s going well, you’ve got a beautiful home, and you need a car that says to your neighbours and your colleagues that you’re doing well. Sure, you could buy a big German sedan, but where’s the fun in that. You want something with a bit more style, some sporty overtones, and some flair that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. Mercedes-Benz wasn’t the first to come up with the idea of the four-door coupe when they launched the CLS in 2004, but they certainly were the ones who made it popular. Based off the E-Class, the CLS is a swoopier and more stylish version the executive express. The CLS received a major update in late 2014. The low stance and smoothly raked roofline remain, but the rest of the CLS brings the styling into line with newer Mercedes like the CLA and C-Class. The deep-dish grill is all you need to see to know this is the latest generation. The new Multibeam LED headlights are a particular standout. Rather than traditional bulbs, each headlamp is made up of 24 LEDs, individually controllable by the on-board computer to mask out vehicles ahead with the high beams on. The interior is a blend of old and new Mercedes-Benz. You still get the phone keypad that’s really only good for radio presets, and the buttons and switchgear aren’t the latest kit from the S-Class. What you do get is this new floating 8.4-inch display. It looks good enough to tap, but you’ll have to be content twirling the COMAND dial down on the console. The CLS 500 is loaded with standard equipment included heated and ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control, digital radio and TV, and a 360 degree around view camera system, but if you want your CLS even more luxurious you can spec it up with an assortment of leathers and AMG packs. If you’re buying a CLS it’s not because you’re a limo driver. The roof cuts in much earlier than in an E-Class, so it’s more difficult to get in, and you’ll have less room when you get there. Still, it’s hardly what I’d call uncomfortable. Mercedes-Benz pretty much had the market to themselves until the Audi A7 arrived in Australia in 2011. While it shares some of the design philosophy of the CLS, the execution is slightly different. Rather than a traditional boot lid, the A7 is a liftback, making it almost as practical is the Audi A6 Avant, with which it shares its platform. In typical Audi style, the A7 is a mix of sharp lines, and is easily one of the more dramatic lookers in their line-up. There’s a new lighting design on offer, which Audi calls Matrix LED, though unlike the CLS they’re an optional extra. The interior is every bit the luxuriously high-quality place it’s always been. All the materials feel premium to the touch, and the design is clean and well thought out. The Audi MMI system has been updated with a new processor for improved graphics, and combines with a high-res display in the instrument cluster for everything from digital speed to mapping. Unfortunately Audi are clinging to the idea of an extensive options list. Things that should be standard at this price like an electric steering column and basic heated seats are optional extras. Like the CLS, rear headroom isn’t as good as an A6, but there’s still plenty of space to get comfortable. In a pinch you can fit three abreast, where the Mercedes swaps out the middle belt for a piece of furniture. The Mercedes-Benz CLS can be had with a number of engines including a four cylinder diesel, a bi-turbo V6 petrol, and a 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol in the range-topping CLS 63 AMG S. I’m driving the CLS 500, which means you get a 300kW, 600Nm bi-turbo petrol V8 driving the rear wheels through a new 9-speed automatic. The Audi A7 features a 235kW bi turbo V6 diesel, a 65kW power disadvantage compared to the Mercedes, but it claws back some points when it comes to torque – 650Nm from just 1400rpm. The Merc instantly has the hooligan box ticked being a rear wheel drive V8. While it might not sound quite as magnificently brutal as the AMG models, the CLS 500 will still make you smile when you open the taps. The stability control is constantly helping out to keep those rear wheels in check, though I expect you’ll be visiting a tyre shop more often than the Audi. The way this V8 revs disguises the fact it’s got two turbos forcing air in, and with all 600Nm arriving from just 1600rpm you’ll be thankful for them. Now you might be thinking we should have pitted the Audi S7 up against the CLS 500. Both V8 petrols, both twin turbos, but to be honest I think Audi’s onto something with this bi turbo V6. It might not have the power output of the Merc, but that 650Nm gives an all mighty kick in the pants when it’s unleashed. The last time I enjoyed a diesel this much was behind the wheel of BMW’s triple-turbo X5 M50d. This engine is proof that diesel is no longer a dirty word. - Read the article here.

Audi A7 3.0 TDI - Mercedes CLS 350 | Drive it!
Comfort, elegance and tasteful understatement - that's the DNA of luxury cars. Our two test models this week - the Mercedes CLS 350 and the Audi A7 Sportback - certainly embody all those attributes. The Audi A7 has sleek, classic lines. While it resembles a coupe, the Audi has a spacious feel to it - although as we discover, looks can be deceiving.The Mercedes CLS 350 has a more sporty image... emphasized by the thrusting grille and dynamic, wrap around headlights. We compare the two models - looking at aesthetic design, performance, space and the range of special features. For more go to,,15783831,00.html

2018 Audi A8 - INTERIOR
Luxury lounge: the interior Freedom is the defining design feature with a new luxury slant. This explains the A8’s resemblance to a lavish, spacious lounge. Compared to the predecessor model, it has grown substantially in length in both body versions. The range of equipment and materials is extensive, with every detail radiating superlative bespoke quality – from the perforation in the seat upholstery to the electrically opened and closed shutters on the air vents. The classiest seat in the new Audi flagship model is in the rear right – the optional relaxation seat in the A8 L that comes with four different adjustment options and a footrest. In this seat, the passenger can warm and massage the soles of their feet on a unit with multiple settings incorporated into the back of the front-passenger seat. The new comfort head restraints complete the experience. The rear passengers can also control an array of functions such as ambient lighting, the new HD Matrix reading lights and seat massage, plus make private phone calls, via a separate operating unit. The rear seat remote, with its OLED display as large as a smartphone, is a removable unit housed in the center armrest. Fingertip response: the controls The luxury sedan’s interior deliberately adopts a reductive design; the interior architecture is clear and with a strictly horizontal orientation. Audi carries its high quality standards into the digital age with a radically new operating concept. It does away with the familiar rotary pushbutton and touchpad of the predecessor model. The instrument panel is kept largely clear of buttons and switches. At its center is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look. The user interface appears as soon as the car is opened. The driver controls the Infotainment system with fingertip control on the large display. They can use a second touchscreen display on the center tunnel console to access the air conditioning and comfort functions as well as make text inputs. When the driver activates a function in the upper or lower display, they hear and feel a click by way of confirmation. The glass-look operating buttons respond in the same way. The combination of acoustic and tactile feedback along with the use of common touch gestures such as swiping make the new MMI touch response especially safe, intuitive and quick to use. The A8 can also engage in intelligent conversation. The driver can activate an array of functions in the automobile using a new, natural form of voice control. Information on destinations and media is either available on board or is delivered from the cloud at LTE speed. The extensive Audi connect range also includes traffic sign recognition and hazard information – innovative car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. The extensively optimized navigation is another new feature: It is self-learning, based on the route just driven. This provides the driver with intelligent search suggestions. The map also incorporates highly detailed 3D models of major European cities. interior Features Floating image: the head-up display Top technology: the MMI navigation plus Car-to-X: traffic sign information and hazard information An array of other services: Audi connect Central access point: the new myAudi app Groundbreaking: navigation with lots of new features Digital access to the car: the Audi connect key 400 custom functions: personalization Virtual click: the MMI touch response operating system High hit rate: keyword search with hybrid concept Full HD: the Audi virtual cockpit Floating image: the head-up display A short action: the electric door lock Full sensory experience: the new luxury slant Indulgent comfort: the seats First-class travel: the relaxation seat Compact-format operating convenience: the rear seat remote As you choose: new phone solutions Clean, fresh air on board: the air quality package Exclusive top engine: the W12 The W12 will follow in 2018 in the new A8 L as the supreme, highly refined top engine version. With its two twin scroll turbochargers, it develops 430 kW (585 hp) from a displacement of 5,950 cm3. Its 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque is available constantly between 1,300 and 5,000 rpm. Like the 4.0 TFSI, the twelve-cylinder engine features COD (cylinder on demand) technology. At low loads and engine speeds, it shuts down the left-hand cylinder bank to trim fuel consumption. The new Audi A8 and A8 L are being built at the Neckarsulm site and will appear on the German market in late fall 2017. The starting price for the A8 is EUR 90,600, with the A8 L starting at EUR 94,100. Full interior Review nto-a-new-era-9105 Music: 300 Violin Orchestra Fast Version⁄No Copyright Free Music Epic Cinematic NCM Epic Music Ender Guney "SUBSCRIBE NOW"

2012 Audi A7 vs. 2011 Jaguar XJ vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
Meet the 2012 Audi A7, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550, and 2011 Jaguar XJ -- the automotive equivalent of haute couture. We take the three luxo sedans out to determine which one is the best all-around sedan. Read the full story here: _2012_mercedes_benz_cls550_comparison/ Shot by: Duane Sempson, Corey Denomy Edited by: Duane Sempson