2020 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

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Safety

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The S5 Sportback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The AMG E-Class Sedan 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the S5 Sportback’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the S5 Sportback and the AMG E-Class Sedan 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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The S5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 7 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the AMG E 63 S V8 (20 city/27 hwy vs. 15 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the S5 Sportback’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi S5 Sportback uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The AMG E-Class Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The S5 Sportback’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG E 63 S’ 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the S5 Sportback’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s (38.4 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Audi S5 Sportback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan.

The S5 Sportback is 7.9 inches shorter than the AMG E 53, making the S5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi S5 Sportback amounts to more than styling. The S5 Sportback has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the AMG E-Class Sedan (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the S5 Sportback get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the S5 Sportback Prestige is quieter than the AMG E 63 S:

S5 Sportback

AMG E-Class Sedan

At idle

40 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

73 dB

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S5 Sportback Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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The S5 Sportback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S5 Sportback will retain 45.5% to 45.65% of its original price after five years, while the AMG E-Class Sedan only retains 38.39%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi S5 Sportback will be $14175 to $21400 less than for the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan.

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