2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class vs. 2020 Dodge Charger SRT

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG S-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Charger SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG S-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG S-Class 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 Charger SRT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The AMG S 63 Sedan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the AMG S-Class helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The AMG S-Class’ 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG S-Class offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The AMG S-Class’ 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG S-Class and the Charger SRT 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The AMG S-Class comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the AMG S-Class have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Charger SRT.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The AMG S 63 Sedan’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 650) than the Charger SRT’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8. The AMG S 63 Sedan’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 650) than the Charger SRT Daytona’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8. The AMG S 65 Sedan’s standard 6.0 turbo V12 produces 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (738 vs. 650) than the Charger SRT Daytona’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG S-Class gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT:

MPG

AMG S-Class

RWD

65 6.0 turbo V12

13 city/22 hwy

AWD

63 4.0 turbo V8

17 city/26 hwy

Charger SRT

RWD

6.2 supercharged V8

12 city/21 hwy

Daytona 6.0 supercharged V8

12 city/21 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG S 63’s fuel efficiency. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG S-Class’ 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG S-Class has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (21.1 vs. 18.5 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 S-Class higher (3 to 5 out of 10) than the Dodge Charger SRT (1). This means the AMG S-Class produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Charger SRT every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG S-Class’ optional brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:

AMG S-Class

Charger SRT

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

The AMG S-Class 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG S-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG S-Class uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Charger SRT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG S 65 Sedan offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Dodge doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Charger SRT.

The AMG S-Class has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG S-Class’ 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG S-Class’ wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Charger SRT (124.6 inches vs. 120.4 inches).

For better maneuverability, the AMG S 65 Sedan’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Charger SRT’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The AMG S-Class has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Charger SRT (112 vs. 104.7).

The AMG S-Class has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Charger SRT.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the AMG S-Class’ available rear seats recline. The Charger SRT’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG S-Class Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Charger SRT (18 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the AMG S-Class easier. The AMG S-Class’ trunk lift-over height is 27.4 inches, while the Charger SRT’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG S-Class offers cargo security. The Charger SRT’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG S-Class’ power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 66% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Charger SRT, the AMG S-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG S-Class 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG S-Class’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Charger SRT’s parking brake has to released manually.

The AMG S-Class’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the AMG S-Class the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Charger SRT can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The AMG S-Class’ 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 Charger SRT’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The AMG S-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG S-Class to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its standard heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the AMG S-Class detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG S-Class has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the AMG S-Class and power rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the AMG S-Class’ passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The AMG S-Class has standard massaging front and optional massaging rear seats. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Charger SRT.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG S-Class 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG S-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The AMG S-Class has a 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG S-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG S-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Dodge Charger SRT isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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