2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE VS Audi RS5 Comparison

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE VS Audi RS5: Which is better?

Mercedes-Benz is replacing its discontinued C-class and E-class coupes with the new 2024 CLE-class. The CLE features a sleek design, electrified powertrains, and a tech-focused interior inspired by the C-class and E-class sedans. It will be available in the U.S. in early 2024, with a cabriolet variant to follow. The styling combines elements from the C-class and E-class, including LED headlights and a trapezoidal grille from the C-class, and a full-width taillight resembling the E-class. The Audi RS5 is an all-wheel-drive sports coupe with a powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine producing 444 horsepower. While not as track-focused as the BMW M4 coupe, the RS5 provides exhilarating acceleration, responsive handling, and a surprisingly comfortable ride. Its interior is well-appointed with Audi’s technology and offers ample legroom for rear-seat passengers.

Mercedes-Benz CLEAudi RS5
Dimensions191.0 in x 73.2 in x 56.2 in185.9-188.3 in x 73.5 in x 54.0-55.1 in
Engine3.0L turbocharged inline-62.9L twin-turbo V6
Horsepower375 hp444 hp
Torque369 lb-ft 443 lb-ft
0-60 MPHNA3.4-3.9 sec
0-100 MPHNA8.8-8.9 sec
Top-SpeedNA180 mph
Specs

Mercedes-Benz CLE

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE VS Audi RS5

Engine, Power & Performance

The base CLE300 is equipped with the same M254 engine found in the C300 and E350 sedans. A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that delivers 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the CLE450, you’ll get the M256 motor from the E450 sedan. A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six generates an impressive 375 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both powertrains feature an integrated starter generator powered by a 48-volt electrical system. Which provides an additional 23 hp and 148 pound-feet of torque. This extra power is seamlessly delivered at lower rpm to minimize turbo lag and enhance the start/stop system. Power in both models is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Which conveniently houses the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission cooler, resulting in space and weight savings.

Price & Features

Details regarding pricing for the 2024 CLE class are yet to be announced and are expected to be revealed closer to the on-sale date. In comparison, the 2023 C300 coupe had a starting price of $50,600, while the 2023 E450 coupe was priced at $70,800. Based on this, we anticipate the CLE300 to have a starting price around the $60,000 range, while the CLE450 should start near the $70,000 mark. Mercedes is incorporating artificial intelligence into the CLE, similar to the 2024 E-class, to learn the driver’s preferred comfort settings in specific situations and automatically adjust the systems accordingly. The CLE will also offer convenient features such as remote start, proximity unlock/lock, and hands-free access to the trunk by simply waving your foot in front of the rear bumper sensor.

Audi RS5

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE VS Audi RS5

Engine, Power & Performance

Beneath the sleek clamshell hood of the RS5 lies a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine. Generating an impressive 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This power is seamlessly delivered through Audi’s rear-biased Quattro all-wheel-drive system, paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Engaging the gas pedal propels the coupe forward with remarkable speed—it achieved a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds during testing. However, the engine’s sound lacks the inspiring quality found in the previous generation’s V-8. On the road, the RS5 offers a controlled and enjoyable driving experience. Boasting predictable and manageable handling in various weather conditions.

Price & Features

The RS5 coupe keeps things simple with a range of customizable options for performance, technology, and appearance. For a personalized touch, you can choose the Navarra Blue Metallic paint and opt for the Black Optic Carbon package. Which removes the chrome window trim and adds sleek 20-inch wheels. To enhance the RS5’s character, consider adding the Dynamic package. Which includes red brake calipers, a sport exhaust with black tips, and a sport suspension with Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control for better handling. The starting price for the RS5 is $78,995.

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