2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Lexus GS F

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Safety

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The AMG E-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GS F doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 GS F 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 GS F 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 GS F 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.

Both the AMG E-Class Sedan and the GS F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan weighs 463 pounds more than the Lexus GS F. 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 GS F has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Engine

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The AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 136 more horsepower (603 vs. 467) and 238 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

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 GS F doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 GS F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS F (21.1 vs. 17.4 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 GS F.

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 GS F doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

AMG E-Class Sedan 63 S

GS F

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.5 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 GS F 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 GS F (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The AMG E 63 S’ 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS F’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E 63 S has standard 20-inch wheels. The GS F’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 GS F 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 GS F, 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 GS F 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 GS F doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the GS F (115.7 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Sedan is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GS F.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the AMG E-Class Sedan a Mid-size car, while the GS F is rated a Compact.

The AMG E-Class Sedan has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS F (98 vs. 90.8).

The AMG E-Class Sedan has .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS F.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 GS F doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The AMG E-Class Sedan has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The GS F doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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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 GS F’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 GS F doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

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 GS F doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Both the AMG E-Class Sedan and the GS F have standard heated front seats. 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 GS F.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG E-Class Sedan’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GS F doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 GS F doesn’t offer wireless personal 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 GS F 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 GS F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the AMG E-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG E-Class Sedan will cost $2765 to $3295 less than the GS F over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan will be $12851 to $17608 less than for the Lexus GS F.

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