2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Challenger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Challenger and the E-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Challenger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the E-Class Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the E-Class Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Challenger’s warranty.

Engine

The Challenger R/T automatic’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 43 more horsepower (372 vs. 329) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 354) than the E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Challenger R/T manual’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 46 more horsepower (375 vs. 329) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 354) than the E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 156 more horsepower (485 vs. 329) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 354) than the E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 468 more horsepower (797 vs. 329) and 353 lbs.-ft. more torque (707 vs. 354) than the E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Challenger is faster than the Mercedes E-Class Coupe (automatics tested):

 

Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Challenger SRT Hellcat

E-Class Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

3.7 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

11.7 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.3 MPH

125.4 MPH

104.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Class Coupe (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Challenger offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Challenger’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Challenger Hellcat’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Class Coupe:

 

Challenger Hellcat

E-Class Coupe

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

The Challenger stops shorter than the E-Class Coupe:

 

Challenger

E-Class Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Coupe (305/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The Challenger Widebody’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Class Coupe’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger offers optional 20-inch wheels. The E-Class Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the E-Class Coupe (116.2 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the E-Class Coupe.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat handles at .94 G’s, while the E 400 Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the E 400 Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Challenger a Compact car, while the E-Class Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Challenger has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Coupe (93.7 vs. 89).

The Challenger has .2 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Class Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Coupe (16.2 vs. 10 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Challenger’s 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 E-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Challenger has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Challenger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Challenger with a number “1” insurance rate while the E-Class Coupe is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the E-Class Coupe because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Challenger than the E-Class Coupe, including $488 less for a water pump, $162 less for a muffler, $538 less for a starter, $304 less for fuel injection, $48 less for front struts and $469 less for a timing belt/chain.

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The Dodge Challenger outsold the Mercedes E-Class by 30% during 2017.

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