Audi vs Mercedes-Benz Brand Comparison - Audi Ann Arbor

Two of the biggest names in luxury vehicles are Audi and Mercedes-Benz, both of which offer extensive lineups of sedans, SUVs, and performance machines, with both gasoline and electric drivetrains. This can sometimes make it difficult to choose between the two longstanding marques. That's why we put together this brand comparison, to give you an extensive look into the different aspects of the two companies that you'll want to consider when choosing between them.

Audi e-tron GT VS Mercedes-EQ EQS Sedan

2023 e-tron® GT Premium Plus quattro® 2023 EQS 450 4MATIC Sedan
2023 e-tron® GT Premium Plus quattro® VS 2023 EQS 450 4MATIC Sedan
$104,900 ✓ MSRP* $107,400
522 ✓ Horsepower 355
3.9 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.3 seconds
Two-speed ✓ Transmission Single-speed
5,060 pounds ✓ Curb Weight 5,597 pounds
270 kW ✓ DC Charging 200 kW
22.5 minutes (5-80%) ✓ Fast Charging Time 31 minutes (10-80%)
Three-zone ✓ Climate Control Dual-zone

Electric cars have been a major area of development for luxury brands, and both Audi and Mercedes have introduced multiple electric models in recent years. We're taking a look at the flagship models from both brands to see how the EV technology differs. Right from the start, we can see a sizable difference in performance. A lot of this is raw horsepower, but the Audi also has a unique transmission setup, a two-speed transmission for the rear wheels, that gives it a performance advantage over other EVs. And while EVs tend to be heavy, Audi's history of lightweight construction techniques means that the e-tron GT is more than 500 pounds lighter than the EQS Sedan.

The e-tron GT's ability to charge at 270 kW doesn't just outdo the EQS, it's the highest charging wattage of any electric vehicle on the market. This is why, even when starting at 5% charge, the e-tron GT can hit 80% much faster than the EQS will starting from 10%. It's one of a number of things the e-tron GT does just that extra bit better than the EQS, along with things like a more sophisticated climate control system.

Audi Active Safety


A total of 15 different 2023 Audi models were awarded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ status. This isn't just more than was awarded to Mercedes-Benz, it's more than any other brand received. Mercedes-Benz received three awards, closer to the average of the rest of the field. Audi's commitment to safety is unrivaled, and this comes through with these awards. The following are the 2023 Audi models that won the awards:

  • 2023 Audi A3 Sedan
  • 2023 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2023 Audi A4 Allroad Wagon
  • 2023 Audi A5 Coupe
  • 2023 Audi A5 Sportback
  • 2023 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2023 Audi A6 Allroad Wagon
  • 2023 Audi A7 Hatchback
  • 2023 Audi Q4 e-tron
  • 2023 Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback
  • 2023 Audi Q5
  • 2023 Audi Q5 Sportback
  • 2023 Audi e-tron
  • 2023 Audi e-tron Sportback
  • 2023 Audi Q8

Audi Q8

Warranty Coverage

There's more to buying a vehicle than just which one you find exciting. As a purchase you're likely to keep for a while, you want a vehicle that will hold up over time. The best way to get a vehicle that will be with you for a long time is to buy one that offers a good warranty. Both Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer the same 4 years / 50,000 miles in basic warranty coverage, but there is more to it than that. For one thing, Mercedes cuts off roadside assistance coverage after 50,000 miles, even if you're inside the 4-year window. Audi doesn't have a milage cap for this, and neither is there a mileage cap on corrosion perforation coverage. This last one is a pretty important difference, since Mercedes-Benz cuts everything off after either 4 years or 50,00 miles, but Audi's corrosion perforation coverage extends all the way to 12 years, with no milage limit.

Audi VS Mercedes-Benz
4 Years / 50,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty Coverage 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance Coverage 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
12 Years / Unlimited Mileage Corrosion Perforation Coverage 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

Brand Comparison Winner - Audi

Audi A7

It's clear after a closer look that Audi is far out ahead of Mercedes-Benz as a brand that gives you a whole variety of reasons to get excited. If you're looking for advanced safety or exciting advanced technology, Audi delivers in ways that other companies, even a well-established brand like Mercedes-Benz, cannot.

*Starting MSRP of $104,900 for a 2023 e-tron® GT with automatic transmission. Prices exclude $1,495 destination fee, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.