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Used test: Audi A5 Coupé vs Mercedes E-Class Coupé interiors
Buy one of these upmarket coupés from Audi and Mercedes used and you could save up to £20,000 on the price, but which should you have on your driveway?...
Driving position, visibility, build quality, practicality
The A5’s interior will be immediately familiar to anyone who has spent time in any of the latest A4 saloons – and that’s definitely no bad thing. The minimalist dashboard is in keeping with that subtle exterior, Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of the most intuitive in the class (much better than the purely touchscreen-only arrangement on some of the post-2019 Audis) and all of the switches operate in a reassuringly slick manner.
And yet, while the A5 has the edge on build quality, it looks rather ordinary inside next to its rival here. Slide behind the wheel of the E-Class and you feel as though you’re in a car from the class above. Acres of brushed wood, aluminium and man-made leather cover the dashboard, the optional 13-speaker Burmester sound system is superb and the Comand infotainment (an expensive option new but one worth seeking out when buying your used car) looks great and has clearer menus than the standard system, even if it isn’t quite as intuitive as the A5’s MMI.
Your back seat passengers will definitely thank you for choosing the E-Class. True, it only has fractionally more head room than the A5, but there’s loads more leg room; even a couple of 6ft-tall occupants won’t grumble too much. In the A5, they will.
However, when it comes to boot space, the smaller A5 actually wins the battle. Not only can it ultimately swallow more luggage, but its load bay is also squarer and longer, making it easier to pack. The E-Class’s boot is wider right at the back of the car but tapers to a narrower point towards the rear seatbacks. Split-folding rear seats come as standard on both contenders, and when down they leave only a gentle slope in the floor of the extended boot.
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