2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Mercedes E-Class Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the XC60 and E-Class Wagon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60 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.

Both the XC60 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Class Wagon has not been tested, yet.


The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the E-Class Wagon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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.


The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 71 more horsepower (400 vs. 329) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 354) than the E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the E 400 Wagon (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the E 400 Wagon (25 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the E-Class Wagon:








22 city/29 hwy





20 city/27 hwy





19 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy


The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The E-Class Wagon must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 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 XC60 stops much shorter than the E-Class Wagon:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Wagon (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The E-Class Wagon’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The XC60 T5/T6 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. Some models of the E-Class Wagon don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the E-Class Wagon.

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the E 400 4MATIC Wagon pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the E-Class Wagon’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).


The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.

The XC60 is 9.6 inches shorter than the E-Class Wagon, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The XC60 has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the E-Class Wagon.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the E-Class Wagon only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the XC60 and the E-Class Wagon offer optional heated front seats. The XC60 Inscription 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 XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the E-Class Wagon because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the E-Class Wagon, including $271 less for a water pump, $623 less for a muffler, $229 less for a starter, $59 less for fuel injection, $37 less for front struts, $789 less for a timing belt/chain and $575 less for a power steering pump.

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