2020 Mercedes AMG CLS vs. 2019 Aston Martin Rapide

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Safety

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The AMG CLS’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Rapide doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG CLS are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The AMG CLS has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Rapide doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The AMG CLS has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Mercedes AMG CLS has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The AMG CLS’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG CLS offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Rapide only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The AMG CLS’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the AMG CLS’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rapide doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG CLS’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rapide doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The AMG CLS has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rapide doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the AMG CLS and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The AMG CLS comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rapide’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

There are almost 11 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG CLS’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG CLS 53 gets better fuel mileage than the Rapide (21 city/27 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the AMG CLS’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Rapide doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG CLS’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rapide doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG CLS higher (6 out of 10) than the Aston Martin Rapide (3). This means the AMG CLS produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rapide every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG CLS, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Rapide.

Tires and Wheels

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The AMG CLS’ optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rapide’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG CLS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Rapide doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG CLS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG CLS has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG CLS’ height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG CLS’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rapide doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG CLS is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the Rapide.

For better maneuverability, the AMG CLS’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Rapide’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the AMG CLS a Compact car, while the Rapide is rated a Subcompact.

The AMG CLS has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.

The AMG CLS has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rapide (93 vs. 83).

The AMG CLS has .2 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rapide.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG CLS offers cargo security. The Rapide’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the AMG CLS. The Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG CLS’ power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rapide doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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An ASSYST PLUS is standard on the AMG CLS to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Aston Martin doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Rapide.

Ergonomics

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The AMG CLS has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rapide doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG CLS’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The AMG CLS offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless-Go standard on the AMG CLS allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG CLS to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Rapide doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the AMG CLS detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the AMG CLS offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rapide doesn’t offer cornering lights. The AMG CLS also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG CLS has standard extendable sun visors. The Rapide doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The AMG CLS’ sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Rapide’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the AMG CLS to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Rapide doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The AMG CLS has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG CLS’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The AMG CLS offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Rapide.

The AMG CLS’ standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG CLS offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the AMG CLS offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG CLS has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Rapide doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG CLS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rapide doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG CLS’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Rapide doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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