Coupe Comparison: Audi A5 vs. BMW 4 Series vs Mercedes C Coupe, Which Is The Best Buy?

Oct 11, 2016 05:43 AM EDT | Mariechris Felipe

BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been making sporty sedans and coupes to compete against each other for decades now. Along comes Audi with its premium line the A5 ready to join the battle of the coupes. Audi is trying to steal some customers over to its side but can it? If you are planning t buy a coupe anytime now, then this coupe comparison may just be right for you.

One thing is for sure, these three coupes are the best among the rest in their field. It's going to be a hard job to choose which one is best but we already have ours. Read on and find out which one is the best buy.

Audi A5: The Fastest But Safest

Let 's start with the Audi A5 Coupé. Apart from his awesome body design, we have to talk about its great two - liter TFSI in combination with four - wheel drive. Using this, it gets ahead of its rivals and it's faster than the BMW and almost a second differential than the Mercedes.

The four-cylinder turbo yields 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque. We measured an average consumption of 8.5 liters, the most fuel use in this comparison. But it is also the fastest 5.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. The top speed is 250 km / h. And it is also the stops before: 100 km / h to zero, only requires 34.1 meters. The other two require, at least, two more. The A5 TFSI is surprisingly fast and laps up with unusual force. It also has a fantastic sound that feels swimmingly perfect in this coupe. The engine harmonizes with exceptional dual-clutch seven-speed. Fast but safe and without hitches. Audi truly stands out with its engine.

But if you look closely, one can find weaknesses. And in the case of the Audi, it is the price. Equip with leather, adaptive dampers and cutting edge technology, among other things, it puts it above 55,000 euros mark.

BMW 430i Coupé: The Most Fun Drive

Although the 2.0 TFSI of Audi stands out in this comparison, I must say that the BMW 4 Series is not daunted with its mechanics: it has its four - cylinder turbo that will make purists fans of the six cylinders forget about it. Acoustically, it is perfect because this engine has a powerful and captivating sound. And without being too loud. To put it another way, it seems to caress your ears with the perfect blend of adrenaline and calmness as if that's not contradicting.

The BMW 4 Series makes 252 hp with a torque of 350 Nm. Like the Audi A5, its maximum speed is at 250 km/h. We have measured six seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h, the second best mark in comparative. But it has the best consumption figure is 7.4 liters on average.

The BMW 4 Series reacts instantly to the throttle. It is therefore not necessary to take high of laps to feel its powerful thrust. And that brings a lot of fun to drive. And also it allows you to play in a controlled manner behind the wheel that we didn't experience with the Audi for its all-wheel drive or the Mercedes for its invasive ESP. The BMW 430i recognized honors the dynamism of the brand. A quick and precise steering, cornering poise and at the same time, a remarkable comfort. Our test car, with a lot of extra equipment, including leather items and adaptive chassis is price above 51,000 euros.

Mercedes C 300 Coupe: Luxury and Comfort At Its Best

Now let's get on the Mercedes C 300 Coupe. It is worth noting that if you look at his body, it seems a bit smaller than its two rivals but when measured, the C 300 Coupe measures 4.686 meters long, the 430i measures 4,638 and A5, 4,673. The catch is, although the Mercedes is the longest, it is the less spacious. Especially in the trunk and the back row. This has much to do with its glass surface. One feels in here a little castellated.

But what this C 300 Coupe gets well above its rivals is in the section of comfort. That has to do with its exceptional air suspension, and worth paying the price. The result is that the Mercedes C 300 Coupe beats the bumps in the road. It seems as if they are a swallow. Driving it is a pleasure for the senses because it provides the ultimate relaxation at the wheel. And that's perfect if you make a quiet ride. And if you want some adrenaline it also responds well, but lags behind rivals, since its engine is not as powerful. When you step thoroughly noticed something worked, and when you go fast is too loud.

This coupe has the least powerful engine. The four-cylinder turbo yields 245 hp and 370 Nm of torque. The maximum speed is 250 km / h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds. We have also measured a consumption of 8.3 liters. Our test car also exceeds 50,000 euros, with extras such as air suspension and the browser, among others.

The Verdict

And it's time to decide which is the best coupe to buy. The third position is for the Mercedes C 300 Coupe. It is a very classy coupé, but it lags behind its opponents performance wise as well as space inside. The newcomer Audi A5 comes in second place with its captivating performance. And although it's more powerful than the BMW,it cant beat the BMW 430i when it comes to inside room, pricing and fuel consumption.

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