2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon vs. 2020 Audi S7

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Safety

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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 S7 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 S7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Wagon and the S7 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, around view monitors and available lane departure warning systems.

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 Wagon’s warranty.

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 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-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 159 more horsepower (603 vs. 444) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 443) than the S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 S7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The AMG E-Class Wagon has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the S7 (21.1 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S7.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG E-Class Wagon has larger tires than the S7 (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 255/40R20).

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 S7’s standard 40 series tires. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s tires are lower profile than the S7’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 S7 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 S7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space

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The AMG E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the S7 can only carry 5.

The AMG E-Class Wagon has .5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S7.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the AMG E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The S7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 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 S7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG E-Class Wagon’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 S7’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 Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The S7 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 S7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 S7 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 S7 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 Audi S7 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes E-Class/CLS outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over 8 to one during 2019.

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