2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

One of the longtime leaders in luxury sales, the Mercedes E-Class comes in a wide variety of drivetrains and body styles, from diesel to AMG.

That makes vehicles like the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series its closest rivals, in both performance and prestige.

The 5-Series has grown big and complex over the years like the E-Class, but in all but the most posh versions its interior is stark, and its adaptive driving controls don't always converge on a happy medium.

Likewise, the M5 can be a thrilling performer at supernatural speeds but overkill at anything resembling regular duty.

Meanwhile, the A6 has relative lightness and user-friendly road manners in its corner, but we'd still prefer its sexy hatchback A7 counterpart ten times out of ten.

Meanwhile, the Jaguar XF is a rising contender, with beautiful design and eager responses--and new all-wheel drive and supercharged V-6 options.

We're still fans of the Infiniti M sedan as well: it's a pretty four-door, with with a choice of hybrid, six-cylinder, and eight-cylinder engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive.

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8.4
What, me worry? The Mercedes-Benz E-Class reasserts its alpha status with a tighter forehead, a greener turbodiesel, and a pair of all-wheel-drive AMGs.
8.6
Brilliance takes many forms in the Audi A6: the diesel-driven TDI, the supercharged A6, or the turbocharged S6 all stand out in ways the sedate body doesn't quite match.
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The 2014 BMW 5-Series is simultaneously a classic sport sedan and a technology-packed grand tourer.
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The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan scales up the ATS' handsome profile and spot-on handling, and tops it off with a winning Vsport edition.
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The 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan range is fast, fun-to-drive, better to look at, and comfortable--a world-class combination.
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With backseat space as the one caveat, the 2014 Jaguar XF lineup can at once be refined, nimble, and a scorcher of a performer in XFR or exclusive XFR-S guise.
MSRP From     
$51,400$43,100$49,500$39,495$49,600$46,975
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan I4 T RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedan2 Door CoupeSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD