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A prominent automotive critic once quipped that if you'd like to know which new features will appear with new cars five years from now, you have only to look at what's in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class today. A quick look at the new 2021 E-Class illustrates his point well, but other German luxury car brands are in close pursuit of the Mercedes-Benz lead. One such example is the 2021 Audi A6, but how does it compare? We look at the specs and features standing between these two respected luxury cars below and invite you to discover the world's defining luxury sedan at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula.
As you approach these luxury sedans, expected standard features like alloy wheels, LED lighting, and other features may catch your eye but look a little closer. It's on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class that you'll find a standard sunroof and AMG body styling that is certain to turn heads. We think you'll agree that the more conventional styling of the Audi A6 just doesn't stand far apart visually from most other sedans on the road. Aside from the aesthetics of these luxury sedans, step inside to discover two very different takes on what a luxury sedan should be.
It's no surprise to find that these models share standard features like leather upholstery, dual zone climate control, and memory driver positions. But take a moment to consider all that each luxury sedan offers, and it quickly becomes clear that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is better equipped. From the standard 64-color LED ambient lighting to HANDS-FREE ACCESS and remote start, you'll enjoy much more for your money inside a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Perhaps one of the first and most significant differences you'll notice inside these luxury sedans is the displays. No matter which 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class you choose, a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with an additional 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display to present you with the future of luxury automotive experiences. Meanwhile, the 2021 Audi A6 sticks with the traditional analog gauge cluster and a couple touchscreens measuring a bit over eight inches and are a bit less than intuitive to use.
The difference in displays is only part of the story. The designers and engineers at Mercedes-Benz have successfully developed a comprehensive user experience. It's centered on providing you with intuitive controls at your fingertips and via industry-advancing voice control. If you've ever tried to use a vehicle's voice recognition only to get annoyed that it didn't work well, we invite you to take the short drive from Fallbrook, Deluz, or anywhere in Southern California and discover a better voice recognition system in the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Mercedes-Benz and Audi each enjoy well-earned reputations for creating vehicles with outstanding performance. What does this mean when you take the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6? On paper, they appear to be quite similar with just three tenths of a second separating their 0-60 MPH times. However, it's behind the wheel where the true differences are realized. Where the Audi A6 is an all-wheel drive sedan, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class starts out as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. You have the option to upgrade the E-Class to all-wheel drive if you prefer, but this isn't what really makes the difference in performance between these luxury sedans.
Instead of the more traditional multilink, coil spring suspension found on the Audi A6, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is equipped standard with a selective damping suspension that actively reads the road and adjusts accordingly. The result is a comfortable commute over rough Southern California roads while also providing an engaging connection with the road when you want to hit some turns in the hills or even on the track. All told, it's a more comprehensive combination of luxurious comfort and sport handling when you want it. The Audi A6 simply falls short of this world-renowned performance.
No matter where your journey leads or who accompanies you, there's simply no reason to get a new luxury sedan that isn't as safe as modern technology allows. That's why the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class earns the highest-possible five-star rating across the board from the NHTSA. The new 2021 Audi A6 came up a bit short of that with a four-star rating for frontal crash safety. While crash test ratings are certainly important, both models also offer a range of features and technology to help prevent collisions.
By now, it's probably not a surprise to learn that modern luxury sedans like the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class come standard with automatic pre-collision braking technology. The difference here is that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class also comes standard with driver assistance technology like Blind Spot Assist that will cost you more in a new Audi A6. What's more, the new midsize luxury sedan from Mercedes-Benz is also equipped standard with ATTENTION ASSIST®, Crosswind Assist, and PRESAFE® Sound. These and others represent a level of safety that you just don't find in a new Audi A6.
Did we mention that the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has earned the coveted and prestigious MotorTrend Car of the Year®? We looked all the way back to 1970 and couldn't find where Audi has ever earned that award. With a price tag similar to that of the 2021 Audi A6, we think it’s clear that you just get more for your money behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
|2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class||2021 Audi A6|
|31 Highway - 22 City||Fuel Economy (MPG)||31 Highway - 23 City|
|9-Speed Automatic||Entry-Level Transmission||7-Speed Automatic|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||Standard Drive Configuration||All-Wheel Drive|
|Standard||Selective Damping Suspension||Not Available|
|Standard||Digital Instrument Cluster||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Blind Spot Assist||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Crosswind Assist||Not Available|
|Standard||ATTENTION ASSIST®||Not Available|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class|
|2021 Audi A6|
|31 Highway - 22 City|
|Fuel Economy (MPG)|
|31 Highway - 23 City|
|Standard Drive Configuration|
|Selective Damping Suspension|
|Digital Instrument Cluster|
|Blind Spot Assist|
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