2019 Cadillac XTS vs. 2019 Mercedes CLS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XTS offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CLS doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the XTS and the CLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XTS 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the CLS. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the CLS ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The XTS’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CLS’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the XTS. Cadillac will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CLS.

There are over 2 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XTS’ warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine

The XTS V-Sport’s standard 3.6 turbo V6 produces 48 more horsepower (410 vs. 362) than the CLS 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The XTS has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CLS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XTS stops shorter than the CLS:

 

XTS

CLS

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

167 feet

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60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

117 feet

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Suspension and Handling

The XTS has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CLS’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The rear suspension of the XTS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the CLS, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XTS offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The CLS doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The XTS uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CLS doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XTS a Large car, while the CLS is rated a Compact.

The XTS has 11.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLS (104.2 vs. 93).

The XTS has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 5 inches more rear legroom than the CLS.

Cargo Capacity

The XTS has a much larger trunk than the CLS (18 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

The XTS’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The CLS does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the XTS owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XTS will cost $5640 to $9760 less than the CLS over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Cadillac XTS will be $32386 to $32707 less than for the Mercedes CLS.

Recommendations

The Cadillac XTS has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

XTS

CLS

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Cadillac XTS outsold the Mercedes CLS by almost 19 to one during 2018.

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