2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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.


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.


The Challenger has more powerful engines than the E-Class Coupe:




Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8

375 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8

717 HP

656 lbs.-ft.

Challenger Hellcat Redeye 6.2 supercharged V8

797 HP

707 lbs.-ft.

E 450 Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

AMG E 53 Coupe 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

429 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

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.


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 450 Coupe

AMG E 53

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

14.6 inches

The Challenger stops shorter than the E-Class Coupe:



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. 245/45R18).

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.

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T Scat Pack/Hellcat) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the E-Class Coupe; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the E-Class Coupe don’t even offer run-flats.

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 450 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 450 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).


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.

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.

The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Challenger will retain 50.85% to 56.29% of its original price after five years, while the E-Class Coupe only retains 45.37% to 46.28%.

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.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The E-Class Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The Dodge Challenger outsold the Mercedes E-Class by 47% during 2018.

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