2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Audi S5 Sportback

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Safety

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The rear seatbelts optional on the AMG E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Sedan and the S5 Sportback 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan weighs 562 pounds more than the Audi S5 Sportback. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the AMG E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S5 Sportback has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the AMG E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the AMG E-Class Sedan has a standard 180-amp alternator. The S5 Sportback’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the AMG E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The S5 Sportback’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The AMG E 53’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 80 more horsepower (429 vs. 349) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 369) than the S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6. The AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 254 more horsepower (603 vs. 349) and 258 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 369) than the S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Audi S5 Sportback:

AMG E-Class Sedan

S5 Sportback

Zero to 30 MPH

1.1 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.7 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

5.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.5 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG E-Class Sedan’s fuel efficiency. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 Sportback (21.1 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S5 Sportback.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG E-Class Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5 Sportback:

AMG E 53

AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S

S5 Sportback

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

15.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

13 inches

The AMG E-Class Sedan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG E-Class Sedan stops shorter than the S5 Sportback:

AMG E-Class Sedan

S5 Sportback

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the AMG E-Class Sedan has larger standard rear tires than the S5 Sportback (275/35R19 vs. 245/40R18). The AMG E 63 S’ rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the S5 Sportback (295/30R20 vs. 265/30R20).

The AMG E 53’s standard 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5 Sportback’s standard 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 53 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5 Sportback.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG E-Class Sedan uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the S5 Sportback, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG E-Class Sedan 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 Sedan’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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the S5 Sportback (115.7 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Sedan is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5 Sportback.

The AMG E 63 S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the S5 Sportback Prestige pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the AMG E 63 S is quieter than the S5 Sportback Prestige (66 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has .1 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG E-Class offers cargo security. The S5 Sportback’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the S5 Sportback, the AMG E-Class Sedan has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The S5 Sportback’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its standard heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG E-Class Sedan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the AMG E-Class Sedan to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

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. Only the S5 Sportback Premium Plus/Prestige offers wireless charging.

The AMG E-Class Sedan 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The S5 Sportback Prestige’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi S5 isn’t available as a station wagon.

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