2019 Mercedes AMG E 63 vs. 2019 Dodge Charger SRT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E 63 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Dodge Charger SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The AMG E 63’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the AMG E 63 inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The AMG E 63 has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Charger SRT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The AMG E 63 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG E 63’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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG E 63 has a standard Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The AMG E 63’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E 63 and the Charger SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The AMG E 63 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The AMG E 63’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Charger SRT runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the AMG E 63 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Charger SRT.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the AMG E 63 has a standard 850-amp battery. The Charger SRT’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 4 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

As tested in Road and Track the Mercedes AMG E 63 is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT:

AMG E 63

Charger SRT

Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.8 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

11.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG E 63 gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT:

MPG

AMG E 63

Sedan

S 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/23 hwy

Wagon

S 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

Charger SRT

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/22 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG E 63’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG E 63 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG E 63 higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Charger SRT (1). This means the AMG E 63 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Charger SRT every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E 63, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Charger SRT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG E 63’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:

AMG E 63

Charger SRT

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

The AMG E 63 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the AMG E 63 has larger rear tires than the Charger SRT (295/30R20 vs. 275/40R20).

The AMG E 63’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SRT’s standard 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the AMG E 63 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Charger SRT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG E 63 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG E 63’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG E 63 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The AMG E 63’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG E 63’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.3% to 44.7%) than the Charger SRT’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the AMG E 63 more stable handling and braking.

The AMG E 63 S Sedan handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Charger SRT Hellcat pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The AMG E 63 Sedan is 4.4 inches shorter than the Charger SRT, making the AMG E 63 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mercedes AMG E 63 amounts to more than styling. The AMG E 63 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Charger SRT (.335) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the AMG E 63 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The AMG E 63 Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Charger SRT can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release in the glovebox, the AMG E 63 offers cargo security. The Charger SRT’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E 63’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 66% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Charger SRT, the AMG E 63 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG E 63 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG E 63’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the AMG E 63 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Charger SRT can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The AMG E 63’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG E 63 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the AMG E 63 Sedan to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The AMG E 63 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG E 63’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG E 63 comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Dodge Charger SRT isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the AMG E 63 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG E 63 will cost $2135 to $5240 less than the Charger SRT over a five-year period.

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