2020 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

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Safety

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Both the E-Class Wagon and the V60 Cross Country 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, all wheel drive, 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 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Wagon has a standard 850-amp battery. The V60 Cross Country’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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 3 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 112 more horsepower (362 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The E-Class Wagon has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 Cross Country (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the V60 Cross Country.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the E-Class Wagon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

E-Class Wagon

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

11.9 inches

The E-Class Wagon stops much shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

E-Class Wagon

V60 Cross Country

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

132 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the E-Class Wagon has larger standard tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 215/50R18). The E-Class Wagon’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 235/45R19).

The E-Class Wagon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Wagon’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the V60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the E-Class Wagon can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Wagon has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The rear suspension of the E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the V60 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The E-Class Wagon offers an available 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 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 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Wagon’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (115.7 inches vs. 113.2 inches).

The E-Class Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.7% to 48.3%) than the V60 Cross Country’s (55% to 45%). This gives the E-Class Wagon more stable handling and braking.

The E 450 4MATIC Wagon handles at .90 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E 450 4MATIC Wagon executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the V60 Cross Country (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Wagon a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the V60 Cross Country is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the V60 Cross Country can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

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The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the V60 Cross Country.

E-Class Wagon

V60 Cross Country

Third Seat Folded

24.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

50.9 cubic feet

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the V60 Cross Country’s in almost every dimension:

E-Class Wagon

V60 Cross Country

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

46.3”/78.9”

40.7”/71.7”

Max Width

43.3”

n/a

Min Width

32.2”

40.9”

Height

32.2”

n/a

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the E-Class Wagon is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60 Cross Country. 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.

Ergonomics

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The E-Class Wagon’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Wagon has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The E-Class Wagon 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Wagon’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The V60 Cross Country’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo V60 Cross Country isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or sedan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The V60 Cross Country 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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