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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Challenger doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Challenger offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG E-Class Coupe. But it costs extra on the Challenger.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Challenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The AMG E-Class Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Challenger only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Challenger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the AMG E-Class Coupe and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear cross-path warning.
The AMG E-Class Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Challenger’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 60,000 miles.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the AMG E-Class Coupe has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the AMG E-Class Coupe has a 180-amp alternator. The Challenger’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the AMG E-Class Coupe has a standard 850-amp battery. The Challenger’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 4 places higher in reliability than Dodge.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 124 more horsepower (429 vs. 305) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 268) than the Challenger’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 57 more horsepower (429 vs. 372) than the Challenger R/T automatic’s standard 5.7 V8. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 54 more horsepower (429 vs. 375) than the Challenger R/T manual’s standard 5.7 V8.
On the EPA test cycle the AMG E-Class Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger Auto AWD (21 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the AMG E-Class Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Challenger doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG E-Class Coupe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Challenger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Challenger (1 to 3). This means the AMG E-Class Coupe produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Challenger every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Challenger.
For better stopping power the AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Challenger:
AMG E-Class Coupe
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the AMG E-Class Coupe has larger tires than the Challenger (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/55R18).
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Challenger Widebody’s 35 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Challenger SXT.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG E-Class Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Challenger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the AMG E-Class Coupe uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Challenger, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG E-Class Coupe’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 Challenger doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’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 Challenger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The AMG E-Class Coupe is 7.5 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the AMG E-Class Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For excellent aerodynamics, the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG E-Class offers cargo security. The Challenger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E-Class Coupe’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Challenger doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 66% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.
When three different drivers share the AMG E-Class Coupe, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Challenger doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The AMG E-Class Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Challenger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Challenger’s parking brake has to released manually.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Dodge does not offer a locking feature on the Challenger’s standard power windows.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the AMG E-Class Coupe 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 Challenger can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Challenger’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG E-Class Coupe to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Challenger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Challenger doesn’t offer cornering lights. The AMG E-Class Coupe also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the AMG E-Class Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Challenger doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
When the AMG E-Class Coupe is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Challenger’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG E-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Challenger doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The AMG E-Class Coupe 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 Challenger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Challenger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Mercedes AMG E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Dodge Challenger isn’t available as a convertible, sedan or station wagon.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the AMG E-Class Coupe is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because typical repairs cost much less on the AMG E-Class Coupe than the Challenger, including $240 less for front brake pads, $255 less for a fuel pump and $225 less for a power steering pump.
The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Challenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
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