2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Mercedes E-Class Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the V60 Cross Country and E-Class Wagon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country has 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 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 V60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 Cross Country has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the V60 Cross Country’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the E-Class Wagon 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the E-Class Wagon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E-Class Wagon.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 210-amp alternator. The E-Class Wagon’s 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the E 450 4MATIC Wagon (22 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the E-Class Wagon; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the E-Class Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the E-Class Wagon’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Volvo V60 Cross Country may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.

The V60 Cross Country is 5.9 inches shorter than the E-Class Wagon, making the V60 Cross Country easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The V60 Cross Country’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The E-Class Wagon’s parking brake has to released manually.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the E-Class Wagon. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the E-Class Wagon.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the V60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 Cross Country will cost $6210 less than the E-Class Wagon over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V60 Cross Country will be $20673 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.

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