Audi vs. Mercedes: Battle of the Brands

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Which German Luxury Automaker Is Right for You?

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are European luxury car brands with a storied rivalry that extends back to the early days of motoring. Established by August Horch in Zwickau, Germany in 1910, Audi derives its name from a Latin translation of its founder’s surname which, in German, means “to listen.” Audi is currently part of the Volkswagen Group. The origin of Mercedes-Benz dates back even further, when Karl Benz was granted a German patent on January 29, 1886 for what would be the world's first production automobile. Daimler AG is Mercedes’ parent company. While Mercedes builds several of its models in the United States, all Audi cars and SUVs are currently built overseas.

Both brands sell highly desirable luxury models in virtually every size and vehicle class, from subcompact cars to large sport utility vehicles – most of which are also offered in high-performance variants. Audi and Mercedes-Benz vehicles command premium prices, with top models reaching well into six figures. But which brand best delivers the goods?

The following slideshow will help determine which make offers the better luxury car lineup, based on U.S. News Best Cars rankings and scoring in each vehicle category that are culled via research and data elements from various sources. Be aware, however, that since we constantly update our vehicle scores as new information becomes available, the scores you see on these pages may not precisely match the information on our individual review pages.

Click on to find out which of these German automotive titans takes the win.

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