2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)
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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2017 Audi A6 (European spec)2017 Audi A6
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2017 BMW 5-Series2017 BMW 5-Series
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2017 Cadillac CTS-V2017 Cadillac CTS
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2017 Jaguar XF S2017 Jaguar XF
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2017 Lexus GS2017 Lexus GS
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Quick Specs
8.2
With the 2017 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is pushing the boundaries of its autonomous driving technology, and backing it up with S-Class style.
8.0
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.
7.8
The 2017 BMW 5-Series may do for tech sedans what turn-of-the-century 5-Series did for sport sedans.
7.5
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.
7.6
The aluminum-bodied 2017 Jaguar XF is no lightweight when it comes to nimble handling or rear-seat space.
7.2
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     
$52,150$47,600$51,200$45,995$48,250$46,310
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
Engine     
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     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
E 300 Luxury RWD Sedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD530i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD20d RWDGS Turbo RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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