2020 Dodge Charger SRT vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class

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Safety

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Both the Charger SRT and the AMG S-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG S-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG S-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Dodge Charger SRT’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the AMG S-Class’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 13 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Charger SRT’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 104 more horsepower (707 vs. 603) than the AMG S 63 Sedan’s standard 4.0 turbo V8. The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 86 more horsepower (707 vs. 621) than the AMG S 65 Sedan’s standard 6.0 turbo V12. The Charger SRT Daytona’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 96 more horsepower (717 vs. 621) than the AMG S 65 Sedan’s standard 6.0 turbo V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Charger SRT 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 AMG S-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Charger SRT has larger tires than the AMG S-Class (305/35R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The Charger SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG S-Class’ standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Charger SRT’s tires are lower profile than the AMG S 65 Sedan’s 40 series front tires.

Chassis

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The Dodge Charger SRT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG S-Class.

The Charger SRT is 7.7 inches shorter than the AMG S-Class, making the Charger SRT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Charger SRT has .4 inches more front legroom and 6 inches more rear legroom than the AMG S-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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The Charger SRT’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The AMG S-Class doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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The Charger SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The AMG S-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Charger SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the AMG S-Class.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Charger outsold the Mercedes S-Class by almost 8 to one during 2019.

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