2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The E-Class competes with the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 in the mid-size luxury class.

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, and the Allroad wagon is just about perfect.

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 V90 Cross Country is the antidote to SUV fatigue.

Jaguar discontinued the XF Shooting Brake wagon for 2021, but the XF helms Jag’s dwindling sedan fleet.

The Porsche Panamera fastback doesn’t come as a coupe or convertible, but the large sedan and Sport Turismo wagon top the class.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class
2021 Audi A62021 Audi A6
2021 BMW 5-Series2021 BMW 5-Series
2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo2021 Porsche Panamera
2021 Volvo S902021 Volvo S90
2020 Jaguar XF2020 Jaguar XF
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Quick Specs
Made as a sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible with four different powertrains, the 2021 Mercedes E-Class has wide appeal.
The 2021 Audi A6 mid-size luxury sedan or wagon is reserved but flexible in its powertrain offerings and body styles.
The 2021 BMW 5-Series pushes all the right buttons for mid-size luxury shoppers. And there are a lot of them.
The 2021 Porsche Panamera is one of the finest cars money can buy, as it should be for the prices its maker charges.
The 2021 Volvo S90 and V90 argue for luxury-car status with rational performance and style.
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
E 350 RWD SedanPremium Plus 45 TFSI quattro530i SedanRWDT6 AWD MomentumSedan 25t Premium RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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