QOTD: Best All-round Midsize Luxury Sedans in 2020?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd best all round midsize luxury sedans in 2020

We continued the QOTD sedan series last week, with 2020’s best all-round small luxury sedans. Today we head up a size class and focus on luxurious midsizers. As you might expect, the field of contenders shrinks a bit this time.

As before, we’ll use a U.S. News classification (plus a couple) to determine our list of midsize luxury sedans. And like before, the list will contain only sedans with four real doors and a trunk, as well as a premium badge.

Acura TLX

Audi A6

BMW 5 Series

Cadillac CT5

Genesis G80

Infiniti Q70

Jaguar XF

Lexus ES

Lexus GS

Lincoln MKZ

Maserati Ghibli

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Volvo S90

Thirteen cars in total, and you’d be forgiven if you thought a couple of these disappeared a year or two ago (like the MKZ, XF, and Q70). One of these entries, the CT5, is brand new. Others, like the three just mentioned, are sorta on their last legs. And the Ghibli was an add-on which our source publication neglected to rate. So what’s left? What’s the desirable all-rounder in this declining segment?

I’ve got to pick the E-Class here. Though the sedan is our topic today, it’s also available in other body styles. It has a few different engines on offer, plus various bits of trim and tune which range from expensive to good grief. It’s a quality-made item, passing the prestige test by standing above such riffraff lease specials as the CLA/GLA/A.

Your dentist might drive an E-Class; it’s respectable. Other entries in the segment have big faults. Glancing through, the GS is too old and due for retirement, the S90 seems built to last the length of a lease, and the TLX feels special in exactly zero ways. I think E-Class is the way to win at best all-round midsize luxury car in 2020.

Care to disagree?

[Images: Daimler, Infiniti]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jan 08, 2020

    I am very happy with my AWD 2018 Fusion Titanium (second in the row so I am very consistent). I do not see what cars from that list of yours may bring to the table except of much higher price, bloody terrible depreciation and expensive and frequent repairs. So no, thank you - you can keep them. But if you put gun to my head, well then I would take...I would rather die than waste all that money.

  • Cbrworm Cbrworm on Jan 09, 2020

    I've driven most of these. If long-term reliability/maintenance costs are not a factor, the A6 6cyl mild hybrid (I don't remember their term) drives incredibly well and has an interior that feels like the future. The 5 series BMW is really well sorted car that drives well, even if it isn't the ultimate driving machine any longer. If ownership cost is a concern, the Genesis and Infiniti both are in a strange land of being the perfect buick, if that is what you are looking for. I would be more inclined to spend my money on the Lexus GS, edging out the TLX, primarily due to RWD and preferable styling. The Modern E-class has a great looking interior, but if feels cramped to me compared to the others, I also don't like the high gauge panel. The Ghibli is the only car I haven't driven, but it doesn't really appeal to me.

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