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
#1 in Coupes
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2021 Audi A62021 Audi A6
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2021 BMW 5-Series2021 BMW 5-Series
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2021 Volvo S902021 Volvo S90Get Your Price2020 Jaguar XF2020 Jaguar XF
#4 in Wagons
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2020 Porsche Panamera2020 Porsche Panamera
#2 in Wagons
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Quick Specs
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Made as a sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible with four different powertrains, the 2021 Mercedes E-Class has wide appeal.
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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.
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The 2021 Volvo S90 and V90 argue for luxury-car status with rational performance and style.
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Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
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It’s expensive, but the Porsche Panamera proves that old saw about getting what you pay for.
MSRP From     
$54,250$54,900$54,200$51,550$51,100$87,200
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
E 350 RWD SedanPremium Plus 45 TFSI quattro530i SedanT6 AWD MomentumSedan 25t Premium RWDRWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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