2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The E-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan 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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The S60 Cross Country only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the S60 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 Cross Country was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The S60 Cross Country’s 800-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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The E 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (241 vs. 240) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 122 more horsepower (362 vs. 240) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG E 53 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 189 more horsepower (429 vs. 240) and 126 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 Cross Country (21.1 vs. 17.8 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Volvo S60 Cross Country (3). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S60 Cross Country.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the E-Class Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S60 Cross Country:

 

E-Class

AMG E 53

S60

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

14.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

14.2 inches

11.9 inches

The E-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the E-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the S60 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18). The E-Class Sedan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 Cross Country (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The E-Class Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Sedan’s optional 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the S60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The S60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the S60 Cross Country (115.7 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Sedan a Mid-size car, while the S60 Cross Country is rated a Compact.

The E-Class Sedan has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 Cross Country (98 vs. 93).

The E-Class Sedan has .8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Sedan has a much larger trunk than the S60 Cross Country (13.1 vs. 12 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the E-Class Sedan’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the E-Class Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

The E-Class Sedan has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the S60 Cross Country, the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the E-Class Sedan the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the S60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The E-Class Sedan’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the S60 Cross Country’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the E-Class Sedan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The E-Class Sedan 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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo S60 Cross Country isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

The E-Class Sedan is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The S60 Cross Country has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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