2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class, Audi A6, and BMW 5-Series are all close rivals, and the Infiniti M Sedans and Jaguar XF are also good alternatives in some respects.

The Audi A6 was completely redesigned this past year, and its interior feels a class above, but its back seat is quite small.

The BMW 5-Series lineup offers a firm sport-sedan personality, along with just as many, if not more active-safety features and high-tech options.

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.

Meanwhile, the Jaguar XF is a surprising enthusiasts' choice, with a classy look inside and out plus an eager performance driving feel.

Another off-the-radar choice might be the Hyundai Genesis, which has a high-$30,000 price tag, a fantastic interior, rear-drive power delivery, and a nearly 400-horsepower V-8.

2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2012 Audi A6 4-door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus Side Exterior View2012 Audi A6
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2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 5-Series
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Brn Lth Angular Front Exterior View2012 Hyundai Genesis
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2012 Jaguar XF2012 Jaguar XF
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance-car values, with several models fitting the needs of either daily commuters of track-day enthusiasts.
Scorching acceleration, nimble handling, and true luxury-car refinement complement style and fashion to swoon over in the 2012 Jaguar XF; backseat space remains its only reality check.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V8
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Subcompact CarsMidsize CarsMid-SizeSubcompactMidsize Car
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door I4 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CoupeSedan4dr Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
AutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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