2020 Bentley Flying Spur vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG CLS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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An active infrared night vision system optional on the Flying Spur helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The AMG CLS doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Flying Spur and the AMG CLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Bentley Flying Spur weighs 926 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG CLS. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Flying Spur comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The AMG CLS’ 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Flying Spur’s 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 197 more horsepower (626 vs. 429) and 280 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 384) than the AMG CLS’ 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Flying Spur has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG CLS (23.8 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Flying Spur offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The AMG CLS doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Flying Spur’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The AMG CLS doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Flying Spur’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG CLS:

Flying Spur

AMG CLS

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flying Spur has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the AMG CLS. The Flying Spur’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels optional on the AMG CLS.

Suspension and Handling

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The Flying Spur has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The AMG CLS doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Flying Spur’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the AMG CLS (125.7 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Flying Spur’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the AMG CLS’ (36.3 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Flying Spur a Mid-size car, while the AMG CLS is rated a Compact.

The Flying Spur has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG CLS (102 vs. 93).

Cargo Capacity

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The Flying Spur has a much larger trunk than the AMG CLS (14.8 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Flying Spur’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The AMG CLS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Both the Flying Spur and the AMG CLS offer optional massaging front seats. The Flying Spur also offers optional massaging rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging rear seats aren’t available in the AMG CLS.

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