2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon vs. 2020 Cadillac CT6-V

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Cadillac CT6-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

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 CT6-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 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 CT6-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Wagon and the CT6-V 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available lane departure warning systems.

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-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 53 more horsepower (603 vs. 550) than the CT6-V’s 4.2 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The AMG E-Class Wagon has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT6-V (21.1 vs. 19.2 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 Wagon higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Cadillac CT6-V (3 to 5). This means the AMG E-Class Wagon produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CT6-V every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG E-Class Wagon has larger tires than the CT6-V (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 245/40R20).

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 CT6-V’s standard 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the CT6-V, 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 CT6-V 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 CT6-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG E-Class Wagon is 1.5 inches wider in the front than on the CT6-V.

Chassis

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The AMG E-Class Wagon is 8.7 inches shorter than the CT6-V, making the AMG E-Class Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The AMG E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the CT6-V can only carry 5.

The AMG E-Class Wagon has 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT6-V.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG E-Class Wagon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The CT6-V doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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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 CT6-V 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 CT6-V doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The CT6-V’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The AMG E-Class Wagon’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.

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 CT6-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 CT6-V 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 CT6-V isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

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