2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

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.

The M5 variant can be a thrilling performer at supernatural speeds but overkill at anything resembling regular duty.

The A6 has relative lightness and user-friendly road manners in its corner, but we'd still prefer its sexy hatchback A7 counterpart.

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

The Cadillac CTS is the best American rival, and it offers dynamics that arguably beat the best from Europe.

We're also still fans of Infiniti's Q70 sedan.

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.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers elegant comfort and luxury in several flavors, with a thrifty diesel and a high-performance V-8 for those at either end of the spectrum.
The 2016 Audi A6 builds on an already impressive set of features, abilities, and styling to yield a safe, fun, high-tech luxury sedan.
The 2016 BMW M5 is the king of the 5-Series mountain, which isn't a bad place to be. It just may not be king of the sports sedan mountain anymore.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunning luxury sedan that drives as well or better than its European rivals.
The 2016 Jaguar XF may be made of aluminum, but it's no lightweight anymore in rear-seat space or nimble handling.
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15 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6
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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 35t Premium RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Body Style    
SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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