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2018 Porsche Panamera vs. 2018 Mercedes CLS Class

The 2018 Mercedes Benz CLS is a real gem, with its stunning profile, cabin fit for royalty, and formidable V8 engine. But it is rivaled by the 2018 Porsche Panamera, a spectacular car praised for its large assortment of engines, lovely interior and breathtaking speed. Which of them should you buy?

Design & Style

The Porsche Panamera, like the Mercedes CLS, has four seats. It features smooth, elegant curves on the outside with a lush cabin inside. The dashboard is vertical and low, which provides easy access to the center console that is high mounted. The Panamera, unlike many of its contemporaries, still uses a gear lever. The Mercedes Benz CLS is covered in wood trim. The bodywork is busier than previous models, but the car will definitely turn heads. The sheet metal is stamped exotically, with lines that are dramatic. It also has LED lights with a grille that is textured, and the roof, with its arched curve, defines the car in a significant way.

Technology & Safety

The Mercedes CLS is equipped with the latest crash prevention and protection technology. This includes a camera for the rear view, lane control and blind area monitoring. It also has warnings for front collisions, cruise adaptive control and emergency brakes which are automated. Passengers will also enjoy heated seats, climate control which is automated, satellite radio with infotainment, and support for audio streaming with Bluetooth support. The Porsche Panamera comes with standard emergency automatic brakes and a warning system for forward impacts. It also features all-wheel drive, a camera for the rear view, cruise adaptive and lane control and parking assistance. It even features basic self-driving capabilities. Interior luxuries include infotainment screens which are 12.3 inches, navigation systems, Apple CarPlay, keyless ignition, monitoring for blind spots, ventilated seats and doors which close themselves.


The Porsche Panamera is blazing fast, thanks to its V6, 3-liter engine that can produce up to 330 horsepower. This allows it to accelerate from zero to sixty in about 5.4 seconds, reaching a top speed of around 164 miles per hour. The Mercedes Benz CLS has acceleration which is comparable to a supercar. Its V8, 4.6-liter engine can produce a maximum of 402 horsepower with 443 pounds of torque, allowing it to go from zero to sixty in about 3.5 seconds.

The Bottom Line

Although the Mercedes Benz CLS has incredible acceleration, it comes at the cost of poor gas mileage, reduced space in the rear seat and trunk, and clunky infotainment. Since the Porsche does better in all these areas and most people won’t be racing it or the CLS, the Panamera wins.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Panamera Test Drive Today?

Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Panamera offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Panamera test drive appointment in advance.

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