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Car Wars Wednesday: Audi A5 vs Mercedes C Class

November 11, 2015

Hump day has finally arrived and what better way to gear ourselves up for the weekend than to dive into an edition of Car Wars? This week, we’re pitting the Audi A5 up against the Mercedes C Class – and it’s a battle not to be missed!

When it comes to the Audi A5 vs Mercedes C Class, there’s any number of things to factor in.  Both cars are stylish and great to drive, but there can only be one winner. Buckle up as we find out who will take today’s title.

Mercedes C-Class

Original image by M 93

Design

In terms of aesthetics, the Audi A5 is sleek and stylish with bags of flair. Climb inside the cabin and you’ll be met with high quality materials, plenty of space, an adjustable driving position and a generous 455 litre boot.

Then there’s the Mercedes C Class. This car undoubtedly gives the A5 a run for its money, with a more conservative, yet equally stylish design. The cabin has plenty of room and a touch of luxury you’d expect from a car of this class – and the 490 litre boot is ideal if practicality is a priority.

For a pinch more panache, the Audi A5 wins this round.

Features

With the C Class you’ll get a choice of SE, Sport & AMG trims, meaning there’s plenty of customisation options. Basic equipment is generous, too – with cruise control, a DAB Digital radio, Bluetooth connection and Artico man-made leather seats coming as standard. Opt for the Sport or AMG model and you’ll get heated seats, a Sat Nav system and LED headlamps – bringing added luxury and comfort.

With the Audi, there’s more trims to choose from – with the SE, SE Technik (only available with the Sportback), S Line, Black Edition and the Ultra coming with an array of features. Standard kit is also generous, offering up 17 inch alloy wheels, climate control, heated leather seats, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a DAB digital radio.

With more features and high tech equipment across the range, the Audi 5 is our victor here.

Performance & Handling

There’s no denying that both of these cars are great to drive. The Mercedes C Class has consistently delivered on responsive handling, refinement and comfort – and the range of three diesels, one petrol and two hybrids means excellent fuel economy figures. Opt for the C 200d 2.0 litre and you’ll get 72.4mpg and CO2 emissions will stay at an eco-friendly 101g/km.

The Audi A5 comes with more choice when it comes to petrol and diesel engines, but there’s no hybrid on offer. All engines offer exceptional performance, great handling and grip, and are great to drive. The most economical in the lineup is the Ultra – getting you from 0-62mph in a spritely 8.3 seconds, while returning 67.3mpg and emitting just 109g/km of CO2.

Thanks to a more varied petrol and diesel lineup and a slightly more comfortable ride, we’re giving this round to the Audi A5.

Price

When it comes to the Audi vs Mercedes battle, the last thing to factor in is the price tag – and this is where the C Class wins out. While an Audi A5 – for sale from £29,190 – is an undeniably classy ride, the Mercedes C Class pips it to the pricing post. You can get a powerfully performing, premium executive car that offers excellent efficiency with the Mercedes C Class – for sale from £27,665.

Trimming a couple of grand off the Audi A5’s price tag, this round belongs to the Mercedes C Class.

Audi A5

Original image by M 93

Verdict: in the battle of the Audi A5 vs Mercedes C Class, scooping three out of four rounds, today’s title goes to the A5.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on either of these impressive performers, the Car Loan Warehouse has a range of Mercedes finance or Audi finance options to suit any budget. If you’ve already decided on the best set of wheels for you, simply apply online today.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.