2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Cadillac CT5 V-Series

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2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

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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 CT5 V-Series 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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG E-Class Sedan. But it costs extra on the CT5 V-Series.

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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Sedan and the CT5 V-Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CT5 V-Series has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The AMG E 53’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 69 more horsepower (429 vs. 360) than the CT5 V-Series’ 3.0 turbo V6. The AMG E 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 243 more horsepower (603 vs. 360) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 405) than the CT5 V-Series’ 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG E 63 S 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Cadillac CT5 V-Series:

AMG E-Class Sedan

CT5 V-Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.1 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.7 sec

11.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

5.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.5 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

107 MPH

Top Speed

186 MPH

168 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG E 53 gets better fuel mileage than the CT5 V-Series AWD (21 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

The AMG E-Class Sedan has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT5 V-Series (21.1 vs. 17.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 CT5 V-Series:

AMG E 53

AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S

CT5 V-Series

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

15.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

The AMG E-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT5 V-Series are solid, not vented.

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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG E 63 S’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CT5 V-Series (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 245/40R19).

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 CT5 V-Series’ standard 40 series tires. The AMG E 63 S’ 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the CT5 V-Series’ 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 63 S has standard 20-inch wheels. The CT5 V-Series’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 CT5 V-Series, 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 CT5 V-Series 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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Sedan is 1.7 inches wider in the front than the track on the CT5 V-Series.

The AMG E 63 S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the CT5 V-Series pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the AMG E 63 S is quieter than the CT5 V-Series (80 vs. 86 dB).

Passenger Space

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT5 V-Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has a much larger trunk than the CT5 V-Series (13.1 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG E-Class offers cargo security. The CT5 V-Series’ non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the AMG E-Class Sedan has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CT5 V-Series, 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.

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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The CT5 V-Series’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The AMG E-Class Sedan’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the CT5 V-Series. The AMG E-Class Sedan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CT5 V-Series.

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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Cadillac CT5 V-Series isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Mercedes E-Class/CLS outsold the Cadillac CTS/CT5 by almost six to one during 2019.

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