2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
E350

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

9.6

starting from

$50,275
"Controls are well placed and intuitive to operate."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's stereo
"The buttons for the heated/cooled seats and Airscarf neck warmers are logically located."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's seating

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz E350

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More gears
7
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More airbags
7
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Average-sized back seats
45.0 ft3
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OK performance
14.3 lb/hp
2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.0

Runner-up

Audi A5 Premium

starting from

$43,325

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The E350 has 7 more gears, which can improve performance, 7 vs Continuously variable
  • The E350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the A5 Premium
  • The E350's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Safety Features 10.0 vs 7.9
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The E350 has 3 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain, Rear Side), 7 vs 4
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the E350; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
Entertainment System 8.4 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
  • The A5 Premium has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the E350's standard sun roof
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,950 cheaper (more than 10% less), $43,325 vs $50,275
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • Room for around 60% more stuff, 15.9 ft3 vs 10.2 ft3
  • Almost the same, 52.4 ft3 vs 51.8 ft3
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Performance

Mercedes-Benz
E350
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350
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A5 Premium
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 7 vs Continuously variable The E350 has more gears, but the A5 Premium has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The E350's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The E350 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
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 lb/hp vs 18.4 lb/hp The E350 has OK performance while the A5 Premium gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.9 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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E350
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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 4 The E350 has great airbag coverage, but the A5 Premium does not (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain, Rear Side)
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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 E350; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs None

Entertainment System

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E350
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The A5 Premium has an OK number of speakers, while the E350 has very few
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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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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

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the E350's standard sun roof
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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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the A5 Premium

Cost

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E350
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MSRP $50,275 vs $43,325 The A5 Premium has a great price and the E350 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 22 mpg The A5 Premium has great city mileage and the E350 is pretty reasonable
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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

Practicality

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E350
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The E350 has lots of passenger seats and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Highway driving range 506 miles vs 513 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 15.9 ft3 vs 10.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.4 ft3 vs 51.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the A5 Premium is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the E350
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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E350
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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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E350
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 8.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 94 mph vs 16.2 s @ 89 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.92 g The A5 Premium has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average E350
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

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