2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the V60 and E-Class Wagon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The E-Class Wagon’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the V60 and the E-Class Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the E-Class Wagon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E-Class Wagon.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 gets better fuel mileage than the E-Class Wagon:

 

 

 

MPG

V60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

 

AWD

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

E-Class Wagon

 

AWD

450 3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The V60 stops shorter than the E-Class Wagon:

 

V60

E-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The V60 has a standard space-saver spare tire 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 Wagon; 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.

Suspension and Handling

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the E 450 4MATIC Wagon pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the E-Class Wagon’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo V60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.

The V60 is 6.8 inches shorter than the E-Class Wagon, making the V60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the V60 and the E-Class Wagon offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the E-Class Wagon.

Model Availability

The V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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