2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

9.6

starting from

$90,175
"Stands tall among luxury cars as a tasteful and strong-performing entrant."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's performance
"Delivers much satisfaction."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's seating

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

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Quite powerful
518 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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Good braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.5 s s @ 114.5 mph mph
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More airbags
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2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.4

Runner-up

Audi A5 Premium

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$39,075
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • Around 2.5x more powerful, 518 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
  • Almost the same
  • The E63 AMG's power-to-weight ratio is 2.2x better, providing a sportier ride, 7.9 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • The E63 AMG has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Knee), 7 vs 5
  • Almost the same
Cost 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • The best price we've seen is $51,100 cheaper (2.3x less), $39,075 vs $90,175
  • Gets more than 60% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 13 mpg
Entertainment System 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • The A5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 52.4 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
  • Room for more than 30% more stuff, 15.9 ft3 vs 12.2 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 9.6 vs 9.4

Performance

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E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 Audi A5 Premium Audi
A5 Premium
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Horsepower 518 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM The E63 AMG is very powerful, but the A5 Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears 7 vs 8 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The E63 AMG comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the A5 Premium
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The A5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 7.9 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp The E63 AMG is a sporty car, but the A5 Premium is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The A5 Premium's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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E63 AMG
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A5 Premium
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 7 vs 5 The E63 AMG has great airbag coverage, whereas the A5 Premium is just OK (missing Rear Side, Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the E63 AMG; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs None

Cost

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E63 AMG
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2011 Audi A5 Premium Audi
A5 Premium
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MSRP $90,175 vs $39,075 The A5 Premium has a great price, but the E63 AMG is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 21 mpg The A5 Premium has great city mileage, but the E63 AMG is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

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E63 AMG
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A5 Premium
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Number of speakers 14 vs 10 The E63 AMG has more speakers and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the E63 AMG's satellite radio; in the A5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The A5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the A5 Premium

Practicality

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E63 AMG
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A5 Premium
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The E63 AMG has lots of passenger seats, but the A5 Premium has very few
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 490 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 15.9 ft3 vs 12.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.4 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The E63 AMG has average-sized front seats, while the A5 Premium is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
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A5 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 Audi A5 Premium Audi
A5 Premium
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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E63 AMG
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2011 Audi A5 Premium Audi
A5 Premium
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0-60 mph 4.1 seconds vs 8.0 seconds The E63 AMG can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the A5 Premium is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 134 ft The E63 AMG has above average braking ability, but the A5 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.5 s s @ 114.5 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph The E63 AMG's 1/4 mile time is good, but the A5 Premium's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.95 g vs 0.92 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

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