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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|2016 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2016 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Twin Turbo Diesel I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD||4-Door Sedan 35t Premium RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. 2016 Audi A6||2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. 2016 BMW 5-Series||2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. 2016 Cadillac CTS||2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. 2016 Jaguar XF|