2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Genesis G90

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Safety

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The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The G90 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the G90 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 19 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Genesis dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the E 450 4MATIC Sedan 4MATIC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the G90 3.3T AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the E-Class Sedan’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 G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Genesis G90 (3 to 5). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G90 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the G90.

Brakes and Stopping

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The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the G90:

E-Class Sedan

G90

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The E-Class Sedan’s optional 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’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 G90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’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 G90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the G90 3.3T AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the G90’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the G90’s (39 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The E-Class Sedan is 11.1 inches shorter than the G90, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the E-Class Sedan 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 G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The G90 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The E-Class Sedan’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the G90’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

The E-Class Sedan 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 G90 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Genesis G90 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Sedan will cost $4075 to $5225 less than the G90 over a five-year period.

The E-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the E-Class Sedan will retain 35.76% to 35.92% of its original price after five years, while the G90 only retains 32.66% to 33.07%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan will be $19607 to $24368 less than for the Genesis G90.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The G90 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Genesis G90 by over 24 to one during the 2019 model year.

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