2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback vs. 2018 Mercedes AMG E 63

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 5 Sportback’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the RS 5 Sportback and the AMG E 63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The RS 5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG E 63’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 10 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RS 5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the AMG E 63 S Sedan (17 city/26 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5 Sportback’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG E 63 (275/30R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG E 63’s 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the RS 5 Sportback’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the AMG E 63 Wagon’s (38.4 feet vs. 41 feet). The RS 5 Sportback’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the AMG E 63 Sedan’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

The Audi RS 5 Sportback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG E 63.

The RS 5 Sportback is 7 feet, 3.5 inches shorter than the AMG E 63 Sedan, making the RS 5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The RS 5 Sportback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the AMG E 63 Sedan (21.8 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 6th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The RS 5 Sportback has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the RS 5 Sportback’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG E 63 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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