2020 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2020 Volvo XC60

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the E-Class Wagon. But it costs extra on the XC60.

Both the E-Class Wagon and the XC60 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, 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 850-amp battery. The XC60 only offers a standard 800-amp battery.

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 XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 46 more horsepower (362 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The E-Class Wagon has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Class Wagon has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.8 gallons).

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 XC60.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the E-Class Wagon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

E-Class Wagon

XC60

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 XC60:

E-Class Wagon

XC60

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the E-Class Wagon has larger standard tires than the XC60 (245/45R18 vs. 235/60R18).

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 XC60’s standard 60 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 XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Wagon’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the XC60 (115.7 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

The E 450 4MATIC Wagon handles at .90 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 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 XC60 T5 AWD Momentum (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

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The E-Class Wagon is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the XC60, making the E-Class Wagon much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

Cargo Capacity

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The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC60.

E-Class Wagon

XC60

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

30.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

E-Class Wagon

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

46.3”/78.9”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

43.3”

43.5”

Min Width

32.2”

39.8”

Height

32.2”

30.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC60 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 XC60. 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 XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The E-Class Wagon’s 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 XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 XC60 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 XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the E-Class Wagon to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XC60 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

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 XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60 R-Design/Inscription’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 XC60 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or sedan.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Wagon owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the E-Class Wagon with a number “5” insurance rate while the XC60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Wagon is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Wagon than the XC60, including $97 less for front brake pads and $378 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The XC60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Volvo XC60 by 39% during the 2019 model year.

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