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The AMG E-Class Wagon’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Rapide doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The AMG E-Class Wagon has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’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 Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The AMG E-Class Wagon has a standard Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Rapide 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 Wagon’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the AMG E-Class Wagon’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rapide doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’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 Rapide doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The AMG E-Class Wagon has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rapide doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the AMG E-Class Wagon and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.
The AMG E-Class Wagon comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rapide’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
There are almost 11 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG E-Class Wagon’s warranty.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 23 more horsepower (603 vs. 580) and 162 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG E-Class Wagon’s fuel efficiency. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG E-Class Wagon’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 Rapide 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 Wagon higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Aston Martin Rapide (3). This means the AMG E-Class Wagon produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rapide every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Rapide.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’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 Rapide doesn’t offer launch control.
For better traction, the AMG E-Class Wagon has larger front tires than the Rapide (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:245/40R20 & R:295/35R20).
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rapide’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.
The front and rear suspension of the AMG E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Wagon’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 Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’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 Rapide doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Wagon is 2.3 inches wider in the front than on the Rapide.
The AMG E 63 S Wagon handles at .96 G’s, while the Rapide pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.
The AMG E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.
The AMG E-Class Wagon has .8 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rapide.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rapide.
AMG E-Class Wagon
Third Seat Folded
35 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
13.9 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
64 cubic feet
36.3 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the AMG E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the AMG E-Class Wagon. The Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E-Class Wagon’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rapide doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
An ASSYST PLUS is standard on the AMG E-Class Wagon to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, tire rotation and brake pad replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Aston Martin doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Rapide.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
Keyless-Go standard on the AMG E-Class Wagon allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG E-Class Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Rapide doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the AMG E-Class Wagon has a standard rear wiper. The Rapide doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the AMG E-Class Wagon detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG E-Class Wagon offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rapide doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Rapide’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the AMG E-Class Wagon’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The AMG E-Class Wagon offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Rapide.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the AMG E-Class Wagon offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.
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 Rapide doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The AMG E-Class Wagon 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The AMG E-Class Wagon’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Rapide doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Mercedes AMG E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Aston Martin Rapide isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.
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