Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 6 Series GT vs Mercedes CLS
Mercedes-Benz set the trend for four-door coupés with the original CLS. Does the latest model continue to lead the way ahead of its German rivals?...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
Each of our test cars came with a head room-reducing sunroof (standard in the 6 GT, optional in the A7 and CLS). You barely notice its effect in the 6 GT, but in the lower-slung CLS and A7, those over 6ft tall will feel more hemmed in for height. At least front leg room is plentiful across the board.
It’s in the rear that the differences really tell. The CLS and A7 are wide enough only for two adults, and while there’s reasonable leg room for six-footers, again, head room is tight. The 6 GT is massive by comparison, with plenty of head room and more knee room than you’ll find in the 5 Series, so you can really stretch out.
It’s wider, too, so it can easily seat three abreast when required, while the optional (£420) electric reclining rear backrests make it feel more akin to a limo than a stylised coupé.
The 6 GT also has the biggest boot, capable of swallowing up to nine carry-on suitcases. Mind you, the A7 managed eight cases and the CLS a still praiseworthy seven, although being the only one with a saloon-style boot-lid (rather than a hatchback tailgate), it struggles to accept bulkier items. All three cars have 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats for added flexibility.
Best family SUVs 2021
Want practicality, class and an elevated driving position in a relatively small package? Then these are the top 10 cars you should be looking at – and the ones that are best avoided
Audi E-tron Sportback long-term test review
Can you live with a fully electric car if you can't charge at home? We're finding out with the help of the Audi E-tron Sportback