The E-Class has more of an emphasis on comfort than the 5, with a roomier-feeling interior and a softer ride.
The Avant only comes with the 255-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine, not the larger, 350-horsepower V-8 available on the sedan.
As with the Sports Wagon, all-wheel drive is standard, though the Avant has a slightly softer ride, and its handling isn't as sharp as that of the 5-Series, nor does it offer such advanced technology features.
The Cadillac STS brings plenty of high-tech options and respectable performance, but it doesn't have the prestige of the 5-Series.
The Saab 9-5 SportCombi is now a quite dated design.
It comes with front-wheel drive and turbocharged four-cylinder power, and its powertrains aren't as refined as those of the other rivals, but it's packaged well, with excellent seats, plenty of headroom, and more useful cargo space.
There's also the Infiniti M35 and M45, which bring brisk performance and some rival high-tech features such as a lane-departure system, but their cabins aren't as quiet and refined as those of the 5-Series models.
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|2010 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 INFINITI MBrowse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac STSBrowse Used Listings||2009 Saab 9-5Browse Used Listings||2008 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||N/A||Gas V6||Turbocharged 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||N/A||4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC||4-Door Sedan *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak||4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||N/A||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||N/A||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic CVT||Automatic w/OD|
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