Audi A5 vs. Mercedes-Benz C250

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - January 27, 2016

Until recent years, the coupe didn't play a significant role in compact lineups of premium German automakers. But American buyers now have their pick of elegantly styled two-door models like the Mercedes-Benz C250 and Audi A5.

See a side-by-side comparison of the A5 & C250 Coupe »

But which offers the best combination of style and performance?

What the Mercedes-Benz C250 Gets Right

The C250 mates a seven-speed automatic transmission to a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This combination delivers a reasonable 201 horsepower to the rear wheels. Drivers can expect combined fuel efficiency of up to 31 mpg highway. The coupe is notable for precise handling and steering remains; Perhaps the most impressive of all its attributes is a comfortable ride and excellent noise isolation.

Standard features include 17-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, power front seats, a 5.8-inch dashboard display, HD radio, steering-wheel audio controls, USB/iPod compatibility, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

What the Audi A5 Gets Right

The A5's 220-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is paired with an six-speed manual transmission as standard, but an eight-speed auto is available as an option. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard, and the A5's combined EPA rating is up to 32 mpg highway.

Leading the A5's interior updates is a mobile WiFi system that turns the A5 into a hotspot and improves web functionality for navigation, online music streaming, real-time traffic reporting, display of plane and train schedules and many other online functions.

What Matters Most to Buyers?

We admire the A5 for its state-of-the-art computer-managed engine and transmission design, and drivers who live with inclement weather will certainly appreciate its standard all-wheel drive. Don't expect adults to ride in the back seat, however -- legroom and headroom are in short supply.

Our Verdict: Mercedes-Benz C250

The Mercedes-Benz C250, with its long history of superior handling and impeccable craftsmanship, and long list of standard features, delivers an overall driving experience that exceeds expectations for a compact luxury coupe.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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