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New Audi A5 Coupe vs new Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Mercedes' new E-Class CoupΓ© gives you a lot of style and luxury for around Β£40k, but is a better choice than the more powerful Audi A5 that you can have for the same money?

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New Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Our verdict

The new E-Class CoupΓ© is an accomplished car, and with surprisingly low running costs, it makes a strong case for itself if you’re buying outright. However, that’s not enough for the victory here. With its smooth V6 engine, confidence-inspiring all-weather handling and exquisitely finished interior, the A5 is everything you’d want from a posh coupΓ©. The fact that you can have such strong performance and good fuel economy at the same time is simply a bonus.

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1st – Audi A5 CoupΓ©

For Superb all-weather usability; smoother engine; slicker infotainment

Against Firmer ride; less space in the back; restrained interior design

Verdict Conservative, but a fine all-rounder

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Mercedes-Benz E-Class CoupΓ©

For More rear leg room; snazzy interior; holds its value better

Against Noisier engine; stodgy handling; inconsistent steering

Verdict An accomplished package, but not as complete as the A5

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi A5 CoupΓ© 3.0 TDI 218 quattro Sport

Engine size 3.0-litre V6, diesel

List price Β£39,885

Target Price Β£36,762

Power 215bhp @ 4000-5000rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1250-3750rpm

0-60mph 6.2sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 119g/km


Specifications: Mercedes-Benz E-Class CoupΓ© E 220 d AMG Line

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£40,135

Target Price Β£38,193

Power 191bhp @ 3800rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1600-2800rpm

0-60mph 7.3sec

Top speed 150mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 119g/km

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