2020 Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon vs. 2020 Porsche Panamera

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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 Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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

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 Panamera 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG E-Class Wagon and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much 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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 273 more horsepower (603 vs. 330) and 297 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 330) than the Panamera’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 163 more horsepower (603 vs. 440) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 405) than the Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 150 more horsepower (603 vs. 453) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 457) than the Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 626) than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid.

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 Porsche Panamera (3 to 5). This means the AMG E-Class Wagon produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Panamera every 15,000 miles.

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 Panamera.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG E-Class Wagon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Panamera:

AMG E-Class Wagon

Panamera

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The AMG E-Class Wagon has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Panamera’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG E-Class Wagon has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Panamera.

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 Panamera, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Panamera.

AMG E-Class Wagon

Panamera

Third Seat Folded

35 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

47.3 cubic feet

The AMG E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Panamera Executive.

AMG E-Class Wagon

Panamera

Third Seat Folded

35 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

52.6 cubic feet

The AMG E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Panamera Sport Turismo.

AMG E-Class Wagon

Panamera

Third Seat Folded

35 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

18.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

49 cubic feet

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 Panamera 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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

If the windows are left open on the AMG E-Class Wagon the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Panamera’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 Panamera 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. A rear wiper costs extra on the Panamera.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG E-Class Wagon’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Panamera 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 Porsche Panamera isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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