Dimensions – Mercedes Benz E350 CDI is somewhat the smallest car in segment when measuring length, width and wheelbase in millimetres, but it stands tallest in class at 1,474 mm. Turning radius is likely the shortest at 5.3 metres, helping city manoeuvrability. E Class has best in class boot volume at 540 litres and is capable of carrying largest quantity of fuel compared to rivals, 80 litres. Mercedes Benz E350 CDI comes with 17 inch Multi spoke alloy wheels with 245/45 tires on all wheels.
Size of BMW 5-Series is average compared to listed competitors, but has longest wheelbase at 2,968 mm. Ground clearance of BMW 530d M Sport is 158 mm. Boot volume is 520 litres and fuel tank capacity is 70 litres. BMW 530d M Sport gets 18 inch Double spoke style 613 alloy wheels with 245/45 tires on front and 275/40 tires at rear.
Jaguar XF S is longest and widest luxury car in this segment, at 4,961 mm and 1,877 mm respectively. Turning radius is probably the longest at 5.75 metres. It has lowest boot space at 500 litres and average fuel tank capacity of 68 litres. 18 inch Lyra alloy wheels are seen in Jaguar XF S, with 245/45 tires.
Audi A6 3.0L TDI saloon sits right in between the candidates in all aspects like length, width, height, wheelbase, boot volume and fuel tank size, last two are 530 litres and 65 litres respectively.
Engine – All these cars are powered by 3.0 litre diesel engines with V6 cylinders except for BMW 530d M Sport featuring inline 6. All engines have 4 valves per cylinder. BMW and Jaguar engines have twin turbo. Speaking of power, Jaguar XF S pushes 275 PS max. @ 4,000 rpm, slightly above Mercedes Benz E350 CDI at 256 PS. BMW 530d M Sport produces 258 PS max. power and Audi A6 3.0 TDI delivers lowest 245 PS. In terms of peak torque, Mercedes Benz won over the British at 620 Nm while the latter generates 600 Nm. BMW is again third at 560 Nm and Audi comes last at 500 Nm only.
Of these luxury sedans, except Audi A6 3.0 TDI with quattro permanent All Wheel Drive (AWD), rest of rivals are propelled by rear wheels alone. E350 CDI and A6 have 7 speed automatic transmission while 530d and XF S get 8 speed boxes.
On acceleration front, 0 – 100 kmph sprint time of BMW 530d M Sport is best at 5.8 seconds, while Audi A6 3.0L TDI follows closely in 6.1 seconds. Jaguar XF S comes running behind in 6.4 sec and Mercedes Benz luxuriously reaches last in 6.6 sec.
Price – Jaguar XF S is the most affordable in the lot at Rs. 54.81 lakhs, while Audi A6 3.0L TDI starts at Rs. 55.80 lakhs, Mercedes Benz E350 CDI at Rs. 57.42 lakhs and BMW 530d M Sport at Rs. 58.60 lakhs.
Find detailed comparison of technical specifications and price in table below: