Used test: Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Buyers looking for a smart and upmarket coupe could do a lot worse than these two, but which one makes more sense when bought used?...
What will they cost?
There was not much in it on purchase price when these two cars were new, and that remains the case at this two-year-old point. The A5 is the rarer car of the two on test here, however, on account of its 3.0 V6 218 diesel. Though delightfully smooth and reasonably economical buyers didn’t flock to it, and Audi eventually dropped this option from the books, leaving just the higher powered 3.0 286 diesel engine at the top end of the range. The A5 is cheaper to insure and service, and as we’ve mentioned both cars seem about the same in matters of depreciation.
What’s really deeply impressive is that the four-wheel-drive, 3.0-litre A5 can match the rear-wheel-drive, 2.0-litre E-Class on official (NEDC) fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Standard equipment is broadly similar. Essentials such as a DAB radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth are fitted to both, as are climate and cruise controls.
Both cars come with automatic emergency braking as standard and are rated equally highly by Thatcham for resisting break-ins and being stolen.