2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The new E-Class family will grow over time to include other bodies and drivetrains—for now, its chief rivals are the base models of other mid-size luxury sedans.

We're infatuated with the Cadillac CTS' steering feel and handling, and its Le Mans-style LED lighting, but it hasn't resonated as well with buyers.

The new Jaguar XF is a pretty, lighter-weight car with a plush ride and available turbodiesel power.

The latest Lexus GS sedan now reaches from turbo-four power at the entry level, to GS F levels of V-8 power.

The E-Class' main rivals, though, are the still-handsome Audi A6, an excellent all-around performer with available all-wheel drive and S6 power, and the BMW 5-Series, which emerges early in 2017 as a brand-new model.

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Quick Specs
With the 2017 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is pushing the boundaries of its autonomous driving technology, and backing it up with S-Class style.
The 2017 Audi A6 is a stellar mid-size luxury sedan; it's a bit sedate, but still good enough to compete with some flagship vehicles from other brands.
The 2017 BMW 5-Series may do for tech sedans what turn-of-the-century 5-Series did for sport sedans.
The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V impresses on all fronts, unseating BMW and Mercedes-Benz by offering the best combination of performance and day-to-day livability in the large luxury/sport sedan segment.
The aluminum-bodied 2017 Jaguar XF is no lightweight when it comes to nimble handling or rear-seat space.
The 2017 Lexus GS offers excellent handling, handsome looks, and a variety of powerplants, all at prices generally lower than its German competition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMid-SizeMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
E 300 Luxury RWD Sedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD530i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD20d RWDGS Turbo RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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