2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup shares close quarters with its German compadres.

The Audi A6 lineup was refreshed for 2009 with direct-injection engines and a new front end, but it's halfway through its life cycle.

Wagon and all-wheel-drive versions are offered-similar to the BMW 5-Series lineup, which also includes the terrifyingly fast M5 sedan to tackle the Audi S6 and the Benz AMG editions.

Infiniti's M sedan is a suave counterpart from Japan, with a choice of six- and eight-cylinder engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive.

The shocking final option? The 2011 Hyundai Genesis, which has a high-$30,000 price tag, a fantastic interior, rear-drive power delivery, and a nearly 400-horsepower V-8.

Once Hyundai adds paddle shifters, sport suspension tuning, and body effects, it'll no doubt win more converts.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2011 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A6
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2011 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sedan 535i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 5-Series
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Black Leather Angular Front Exterior2011 Hyundai Genesis
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2011 Jaguar XF 4-door Sedan XF Supercharged Angular Front Exterior View2011 Jaguar XF
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
The 2011 Audi A6 is elegant and agile, although its cabin design is looking somewhat dated.
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
For road or track, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance values on the market.
The 2011 Jaguar XF offers a compelling combination of fast, nimble performance and a classy, refined, and seductive interior; the only thing lacking is backseat space.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V8
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsMidsizeMid-SizeSubcompactMidsize Car
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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