New E-Class against A6 and 5 Series

drives the Mercedes E 220 d against Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra and BMW 520d back to the upper-class top? We have asked the German premium sedans for comparison test.

With the Mercedes E-Class (2016) will all be different. While the predecessor old looked already at the presentation and therefore was freshened profoundly after four years with an ornate and especially expensive facelift, which is now presented type W 213 is so dynamic on the grid as no Swabian luxury sedan before. Although the E-Class has passed its characteristic four-headlamp face entirely, but the new design language is fine. How mature is the technical basis, they must now compared test against the bestseller of the class, the Audi A6 and arch-rivals from Munich, the BMW 5 Series, prove. For comparison, the premium alternatives occur with nearly 200 hp strong diesel engines, the Mercedes E 220 d thus meets Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra and BMW 520d. All three rely on two-liter four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and come with automatic transmissions that can sort seven to nine shift stages. During the A6 drives the front wheels, set E-Class and 5 Series on rear-wheel drive.

E-Class, A6 and 5 in the test

Even at first glance is the Mercedes E-Class (2016) thanks to successful proportions and striking appearance as well. However, she sees the C-Class confusingly similar. Hardly anyone takes from the new Stuttgart superclass note, which was the predecessor still quite different. The W 213 is presented for the interior with a whole new charm. The cockpit architecture is a mix of C and S-Class and bridges the gap between pioneering display technology using large monitors and the sophisticated atmosphere of a cozy lounge. Large doors provide effortless access to the spacious interior. Who has more space? None. The three sedans do not restrict itself a great people. This applies to both the driver and passenger as well as for the rear. In any case, the differences between the three German premium sedans are in many areas only in the details. The clarity, for example: Here benefited the Mercedes from its horizontal forward protruding hood and the enthroned at the front end star. This is not necessarily new, the intensely refined user organization and options of Swabia does. Although the functions still divided into two levels, but facilitate new touch surfaces in the steering wheel - for a little getting used to - the driving of the menu items. The intuitive structure with which to build the menu paths of all functions in the BMW and their ease of use, however, does not reach the new E-Class.

E-Class scores with high-tech equipment

Even the infotainment system of the Audi A6 is structured logically. As is done in the Benz as the individual appearance of the left display by turning the rotary push-button control and the right touch pad on the steering wheel. However, some additional information must be activated with the right monitor and the left touchpad. The BMW 5 Series is all focused on the intuitive iDrive system on the center console. Unbeatable however, is the Mercedes E 220 d in terms of safety. The emergency brake assist, which costs an additional charge at Audi and BMW, is like Presafe system for accident early standard equipment. The new features such as the steering assistant, however, are a nice gimmick, but not as good as used in everyday life. The Traffic Jam Assistant, which guides the car automatically in heavy traffic, accelerates and decelerates, does. Which is available for the 5-series as well. Audi depends a little behind here. In the build quality, however, the Ingolstadt set the tone. High-precision fit and the best materials are evidence of the attention to detail - even in the places that you do not immediately see or senses. BMW and Mercedes still need some fine-tuning, especially in the fit. So the wooden planking of the E-Class was in the left rear door somewhat and the BMW, the front tweeters in the door was fitted inaccurate. Nevertheless, the large trunk, the optional three-part rear seat backrest and the highest compared towable bring the Mercedes E-Class, but its first chapter victory.

In the 5 Series with steel springs comfort

How much the wheel size affects the comfort, can also be seen in this comparison test. For although Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 drive with optional air suspension chassis about the comfort range, it is the conventional resilient BMW, the ausbootet fine response the competition. Transverse joints and protruding edges it takes quite calmly. The equipped with 19-inch wheels, Audi and rolling on 18-inch wheels Mercedes appear much wood at least at low speeds and with only one person on board. Only with a full load and at higher speeds show the air suspension, they can. Where the BMW bags deep into his feathers, hovering above all the E-Class worst bumps, potholes and edges easily away. The comfort seats Stuttgart superclass are also really succeeded. In particular, the backrests provide much support and are thus significantly better than the rather short copies of its predecessor. But also like in comparison to the two optional sports seats in Audi and BMW, Mercedes seats with excellent long-distance comfort and lateral support. The low noise level inside the Schwaben rounds off the successful overall comfort. Like the Audi has the Mercedes but an additional noise insulation, which must be paid extra for two with more than 1000 euros. The BMW 5 Series, only the wind noise at the A-pillar disturbing - an additional noise insulation not offer the Munich to.