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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 S60 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.
Both the E-Class Sedan and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.
There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The S60’s 800-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.
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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 12 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The E-Class Sedan 300’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons).
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 S60.
For better stopping power the E-Class Sedan’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:
The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the S60:
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For better traction, the E-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the S60 (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18). The E-Class Sedan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/45R18).
The E-Class Sedan’s optional 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s optional 40 series 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 S60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The front and rear suspension of the E-Class Sedan uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The E-Class Sedan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
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 S60 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 S60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the S60 (115.7 inches vs. 113.1 inches).
The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the S60 Polestar pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the S60 R-Design AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Sedan a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.
The E-Class Sedan has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.
The E-Class Sedan has a much larger trunk than the S60 (13.1 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).
The engine in the E-Class Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 30% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.
The E-Class Sedan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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 S60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its standard heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes E-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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 S60 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 S60’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo S60 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.
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 S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Sedan is less expensive to operate than the S60 because typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Sedan than the S60, including $44 less for front brake pads and $364 less for a fuel pump.
The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The S60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.
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