2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Cadillac CTS-V

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Cadillac CTS-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The CTS-V doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG E-Class Sedan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Sedan and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan is safer than the Cadillac CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CTS-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

177

384

Neck Stress

266 lbs.

308 lbs.

Neck Compression

55 lbs.

56 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

180

527

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

55%

Neck Stress

105 lbs.

321 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

232/126 lbs.

202/341 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan is safer than the CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CTS-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

173

183

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

1.4/1 kN

5.9/3.7 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

14%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.43/.4

.43/.74

Tibia forces R/L

3/2 kN

5.7/7.8 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan is safer than the Cadillac CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CTS-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

149 G’s

189 G’s

Hip Force

223 lbs.

287 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

594 lbs.

701 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

836 lbs.

892 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 CTS-V was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the AMG E-Class Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 11 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CTS-V

Zero to 30 MPH

1.1 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.7 sec

8.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11 sec

12 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

121 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG E-Class Sedan’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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (21.1 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Cadillac CTS-V (1). This means the AMG E-Class Sedan produces up to 45.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CTS-V every 15,000 miles.

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 CTS-V.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S

CTS-V

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.4 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 63 S has standard 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V, 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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the CTS-V (115.7 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Sedan is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CTS-V.

The AMG E 63 S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the CTS-V pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan amounts to more than styling. The AMG E-Class Sedan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the CTS-V (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the AMG E-Class Sedan get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG E 63 S is quieter than the CTS-V:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CTS-V

At idle

47 dB

50 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

83 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has .9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V.

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 CTS-V’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E-Class Sedan’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CTS-V, 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.

If the windows are left open on the AMG E-Class Sedan the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CTS-V can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG E-Class Sedan offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan will be $1639 less than for the Cadillac CTS-V.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Mercedes AMG E 63 S higher than the Cadillac CTS-V.

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