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 BMW 5-Series2018 BMW 5-Series
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2018 Cadillac CTS-V2018 Cadillac CTS
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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake2018 Jaguar XF
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2018 Lexus GS 3502018 Lexus GS
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Quick Specs
8.3
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
7.0
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.
7.8
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.
7.5
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
7.2
The 2018 Jaguar XF lives its best life in Sportbrake form; the turbo-4 emerges here in untested form.
7.2
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     
$52,950$49,700$52,650$46,495$47,775$46,510
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
Engine     
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     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size 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
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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