2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The E-Class Wagon’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The E-Class Wagon offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The V60 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 Wagon and the V60 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Wagon has a standard 850-amp battery. The V60 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-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 122 more horsepower (362 vs. 240) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The E-Class Wagon has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 Cross Country (21.1 vs. 17.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Wagon higher (5 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 Cross Country (3). This means the E-Class Wagon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the V60 Cross Country.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the E-Class Wagon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

E-Class

V60

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

11.9 inches

The E-Class Wagon’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the V60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

The E-Class Wagon stops much shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

 

E-Class

V60

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the E-Class Wagon has larger standard tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18). The E-Class Wagon’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The E-Class Wagon’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 V60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Wagon’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the V60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the E-Class Wagon can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Wagon has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The rear suspension of the E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the V60 Cross Country, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The E-Class Wagon offers an available 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The E-Class Wagon 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 Wagon’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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Wagon’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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Wagon’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (115.7 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the E-Class Wagon is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the V60 Cross Country.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon handles at .90 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Wagon a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the V60 Cross Country is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the V60 Cross Country can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the V60 Cross Country.

 

E-Class

V60

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

28 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

43.8 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the E-Class Wagon has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the E-Class Wagon is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

The E-Class Wagon has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The V60 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 V60 Cross Country, the E-Class Wagon 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 Wagon’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The E-Class Wagon 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the E-Class Wagon 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 V60 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 Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the E-Class Wagon keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The E-Class Wagon 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Wagon’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 V60 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 V60 Cross Country isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or sedan.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Wagon owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the E-Class Wagon with a number “5” insurance rate while the V60 Cross Country is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Wagon is less expensive to operate than the V60 Cross Country because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Wagon than the V60 Cross Country, including $34 less for front brake pads and $346 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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

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