2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon

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Safety

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Both the Panamera and AMG E-Class Wagon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Panamera offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Panamera offers available whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Panamera helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Panamera and the AMG E-Class Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG E-Class Wagon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 74 more horsepower (677 vs. 603) than the AMG E-Class Wagon’s 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the AMG E-Class Wagon:

MPGe

Panamera E-Hybrid

AWD

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

48 city/54 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

46 city/51 hwy

MPG

AMG E-Class Wagon

AWD

4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Sport Turismo running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the AMG E-Class Wagon:

MPG

Panamera Sport Turismo

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

18 city/23 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

AMG E-Class Wagon

AWD

4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The AMG E-Class Wagon must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it (mild regeneration on non-hybrids). The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG E-Class Wagon (23.7 vs. 21.1 gallons).

Transmission

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The Panamera offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Panamera E-Hybrid/GTS

Panamera Turbo

Panamera opt.

AMG E 63 S

AMG E 63 S opt.

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

16.1 inches

16.5 inches

15.4 inches

15.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

15 inches

16.1 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

The Panamera 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 AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG E-Class Wagon (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the AMG E-Class Wagon.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .4 inches longer than on the AMG E-Class Wagon (116.1 inches vs. 115.7 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the AMG E-Class Wagon (122 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is .6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG E-Class Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the AMG E-Class Wagon’s (37.4 feet vs. 41 feet). The Panamera Executive’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the AMG E-Class Wagon’s (40.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 550 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG E-Class Wagon.

The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The AMG E-Class Wagon’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked fifth.

Ergonomics

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The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The AMG E-Class Wagon does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Panamera offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera (except Sport Turismo) and power rear side window sunshades are optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Both the Panamera and the AMG E-Class Wagon offer optional massaging front seats. The Panamera also offers optional massaging rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging second row seats aren’t available in the AMG E-Class Wagon.

Model Availability

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The Panamera is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The AMG E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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