Which Looks Better: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A7, or Mercedes-Benz CLS?

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With the arrival of the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, unveiled on the Web this past weekend, all three major German automakers now have four-door coupes. The other big players in the segment, including the Audi A7 and trendsetting Mercedes-Benz CLS, have already been compared numerous times, but how does BMW’s newcomer stack up? See for yourself in the gallery below.

Like the other two cars, the Gran Coupe features a blunted, more upright front end to comply with European pedestrian safety standards. The front end also draws inspiration from the 6 Series coupe, on which the Gran Coupe is based. Many other styling cues from the 6 Series find their way onto the Gran Coupe, like the taillights and rear fascia design. The characteristic Hofmeister kink of the rear quarter window isn’t as sharp on the Gran Coupe as it is on the 6 Series coupe, and the roofline isn’t as dramatically raked in the rear. That roofline is also the most pedestrian-looking of the three four-door coupes being compared today, sloping barely enough to qualify it for the category.

The originator of the trend, the CLS, is swoopier in its hind quarters than the BMW, and has a unique character line that starts close to the bottom of the rear doors and curves along the fender until it meets the edge of the taillight. These features make the CLS more coupe-like in back, but the car that perhaps pulls off the coupe look best is the A7, with its radical sloped rear roofline, complemented by the bulging look of the rear fenders and sleek taillight design.

The interior of the Gran Coupe is laid out much like the 6 Series coupe, with a divided, two-tone center console and raised center arm rest that flows into the passenger-side dash. This look is more contemporary, and arguably more interesting than the A7’s or CLS’ center consoles, which both feature a more traditional layout. The A7’s interior, however, has its own unique contours that put it in the running for best cabin, including slanted, two-tone door inserts and trim surrounding the door handle that flows across the dash to the other side. The CLS’ interior is clean, luxurious-looking, and finely crafted—all qualities typical of Mercedes-Benz models.

Which swoopy four-door do you think reigns supreme? See our side-by-side photos in the gallery below and let us know in the comments section.

Jim Pieri
BMW has been teasing us for too long with the much anticipated Grand Coupe. The final product is nice but no where near the prototype we saw from BeIjing Auto Show. Need to drive it before I make my final decision. MBZ got too edgy and Audi lines give us mixed emotions. Rear view is very weak, side view very elegant & front view- hate that overstated grill. Audi handles great! If the BMW handles as expected it would be my first choice. Love the BMW ergonomics and interior choices as well as M Sport package.
Mike
I first saw the Audi A7 at the local Auto Show earlier this year. It looked incredible. My wife called the Audi A7 her new dream car. Last monrh, we actually test drove an A7. And boy let me tell you, it not only looks nice, but it performs and handles nice as well. The interior has to be one of the best and well designed in the car business. The available technology is cutting edge. It is just a classy looking car all around. Like most German cars, it's not cheap though. Oh, now where was I? As far as ratings go, I rate the looks of the A7 first, the Mercedes second (the side flanks and the rear wheel bulge look akward to me), and the BMW third (it looks nice and the lines are smooth; however, BMW already has the 5 and the 7 series, why did they have to ruin the 6 by adding two additional doors?).
jim
for me , i like the more muscular look of BMW
Jeffrey
The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. Then either the Audi A7, or Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Andre
I think I need to see these in person side by side. Not too impressed with the bmw, its got a long hood, but its quarter rear in nice. I like the CC.
Alex
I'm starting to miss Chris Bangle!!!
chris
I dislike the A7, The sloping line meets a dirty look tail end. Reminds me of a Dodge Charger Fastback from haydays. They could of went better and more unique. MB definitely is king in the Business the started the trend and by far have the best continuity in the coupe form. The BMW is clean definitely an option but I believe it looks more stretch 6 than a sleek fluid shape. CLS #1 BMW #2 Audi # 10 (I probably even put the maxima before the Audi)
Zimman
Audi from the front, Benz from the size but, BMW overall. I have not like a lot of what BMW has been putting out as of late but, this car is beautiful.

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