2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E550 4MATIC)
Martin Padgett Martin 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 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.

The RS7 is the highest-output version on that platform, and makes a good E63 competitor, while the A6 is offered with a diesel.

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

We're still fans of Infiniti's Q70 sedan as well: it's a pretty four-door, with a choice of hybrid, six-cylinder, and eight-cylinder engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive, plus it's available in long-wheelbase form for 2015.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E550 4MATIC)2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2015 Cadillac CTS2015 Cadillac CTS
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2015 Jaguar XF2015 Jaguar XF
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is many vehicles in one, with comfort and luxury across the board and sporty manners for those who want them.
8.4
The 2015 Audi A6 may look a little sedate, but it's a brilliant performer–thanks to its diesel-driven TDI, the supercharged A6, or turbocharged S6 versions.
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Whether it's more of a classic sport sedan or a technology-packed tourer you seek, the 2015 BMW 5-Series fills both roles admirably.
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The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunner–especially in V-Sport guise–and it looks great, too.
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The 2015 Jaguar XF covers a broad range of needs, from the efficient 2.0-liter turbo model, to the over-the-top XFR-S performance sedan.
MSRP From    
$51,800$44,800$49,950$45,345$50,175
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Twin Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD4-Door Sedan I4 T Premium RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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