2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E400 Coupe)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The E-Class family now counts wagons, convertibles, coupes and sedans among its children.

There’s an E-Class for anyone, unless, of course, you want something else.

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

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 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 has begun to recover some of the elusive qualities that made BMW driving benchmarks for decades.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E400 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2018 Cadillac CTS-V2018 Cadillac CTS
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2018 Lexus GS 3502018 Lexus GS
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more.
The 2018 BMW 5-Series expands the sedan's already-excellent lineup to include an efficient plug-in hybrid and an uber-quick V-8.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
The 2018 Jaguar XF lives its best life in Sportbrake form; the turbo-4 emerges here in untested form.
The 2018 Lexus GS is a worthy rival to its German foes in terms of luxury and handling, but its engine lineup is falling behind the competition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMid-SizeMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
E 300 RWD Sedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD530e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDSedan 25t RWDGS 300 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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