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Used test: Audi A5 Coupé vs Mercedes E-Class Coupé verdict

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?...

Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes C-Class Coupe

Our Verdict

Both of these cars are extremely tempting propositions bought at this age. There’ll be many for whom the lure of the three-pointed star will be more than enough to justify buying an E-Class Coupe. Allied to its undeniably handsome looks, it’s certainly got a lot of appeal. 

However, if it were our money we'd go for the A5. You see it's just a little bit better in a number of key areas. With its smooth V6 engine, as well as confidence-inspiring, all-weather (four-wheel drive) handling and a neatly finished interior, the A5 proves to be everything you’d want from a posh coupé. It's cheaper, too, and 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 Coupé

Used Audi A5 Coupe 16-present

For Superb all-weather usability; smoother engine; slicker infotainment
Against Firmer ride; less space in the back; V6 models rare on the used market
Verdict Conservative, but a fine all-rounder

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Mercedes E-Class Coupé

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 16-present

For More rear leg room; snazzy interior
Against Noisier engine; stodgy handling; more expensive to buy and run
Verdict  An accomplished package, but not quite as complete as the A5

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Audi A5 Coupé  3.0 TDI 218 quattro Sport

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 215bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 6.2sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 61.4mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 119g/km


Specifications: Mercedes E-Class Coupé E220d AMG Line

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 191bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.3sec
Top speed 150mph
Fuel economy 61.4mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 119g/km