Audi vs. Mercedes: Battle of the Brands

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Which European Luxury Marque Is the Best?

The battle of German luxury brands Mercedes-Benz and Audi dates back to the origins of the automobile. Carl Benz patented the first motorcar in 1886. By Mercedes standards, Audi is a young upstart, with its roots only dating to 1899. Audi is now part of the Volkswagen Group.

Both luxury automakers now build and sell a full line of vehicles, ranging from luxury subcompact cars to super luxury flagship sedans and SUVs in every size class. Mercedes manufactures many of their SUVs and the C-Class sedan in the U.S., while all of Audi’s vehicles are built overseas.

Which German automaker is better? We’ll answer that question on the following pages using information from our rankings, reviews, and scoring data. Note that we constantly update our vehicle scores as new information becomes available, so the scores you see on these pages may not precisely match the information on our individual review pages.

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