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2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The E-Class typically competes with the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 for mid-size luxury supremacy.

The BMW 5-Series offers just as many varied powertrains as the E-Class, but no wagon.

The Audi A6 is less complex under the hood but is a powerhouse for tech and driver-assistance features.

The Volvo S90 is supremely elegant but only offers power from a 2.0-liter inline-4 in different outputs (plus a hybrid version).

The Jaguar XF and Lexus GS are outliers, they’re relatively aged and outdated but the XF offers a beautiful wagon version.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class promises better tech inside and more capability outside with the arrival of a lifted wagon.
The 2020 Audi A6 is as good as mid-size luxury sedans get—for those still shopping sedans.
The 2020 BMW 5-Series is the goldilocks mid-sizer with a roundel on the hood: comfortable, powerful, and luxurious.
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
The 2020 Lexus GS is a stylish, sporty sedan for nonconformists.
The 2020 Volvo S90 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's an antidote for buyers wary of the German same-ness.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
N/AIntercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
N/APremium 45 TFSI quattro530e iPerformance Plug-In HybridSedan 25t Premium RWDGS 350 AWDT6 AWD Momentum
N/AAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll WheelAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/Aquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
N/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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