Buy/Drive/Burn: $65,000 European Luxury Sedans for 2020

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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In the last edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, we discussed three large European wagons with a $65,000 price point. The Buy vote was a toss-up between the E-Class and the A6 allroad.

Today we cover the sedan variants of the same three cars, at the exact same price point. Think you’ll choose differently?

Audi A6

The A6 is the most affordable of our competitors today in its highest trim. Available in 45 Premium (2.0L) or 55 Premium (V6), base prices are $54,900 and $59,800, respectively. The 55 Premium uses the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 as the allroad, and pairs it with a mild hybrid system of 48 volts. 335 horses shift to all wheels via the seven-speed DCT. Assume you’ve checked a couple of options to end up at $65,000, probably Premium Plus for the B&O system and virtual cockpit, and the Convenience Package for an advanced key and traffic assist.

Jaguar XF

For 2021, the high-powered S versions of the XF disappear, as Jaguar refreshes and narrows down the aging lineup of its largest sedan (the V6 also disappears). In 2020 the S is the trim to get if you want V6 power in your XF. With a 3.0-liter supercharged power plant, the XF is the hotrod of today’s trio. Three-hundred and eighty horses travel via the standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. It’s the most expensive car here at $68,200, so no optional extras.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Unlike the wagon version, the E-Class sedan goes without All-Terrain plastic cladding. The most expensive non-AMG version of the E-Class is today’s E 450 4MATIC. The 450 means you get a 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp) instead of the 2.0-liter I-4 of the E 350. Mercedes’ model numbering system has really been a shambles for some time now. A nine-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. The base price is $61,550, which is easily enhanced to around $65,000 by the Designo package, which nets you a nicer interior.

Last time you chose the Mercedes or the Audi when considering the wagon versions of these cars. Does the supercharged power of the XF make the Brit more tempting?

[Images: Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 04, 2020

    The XF to this point surprisingly doesn't suck, a few years ago I toyed with the idea of one. The disparity between the last Ford DEW98 S-type and first XF was staggering - and XF is also DEW98 and initially a carryover drivetrain (on a percentage basis it was like 30-40% more for the XF). Therefore: Buy me a Jag XF. Drive the Audi. Burn the Mercedes, esp in I4.

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Nov 04, 2020

    Burn them all and get either a W126 or a 1st-gen LS400

  • Zerofoo The UAW understands that this is their last stand. Their future consists of largely robot assembled EVs that contain far fewer parts. Factories moving to southern "right to work" states and factories moving to the southern-most state of Mexico.I don't think lights-out auto factories are on the horizon, but UAW demands might move those automated manufacturing process timelines up.McDonalds opened a fully automated restaurant in Texas in 2022 in response to a $15/hour minimum wage demand. I'm fairly certain that at $130/hr - fully robotic car factories start to make sense.
  • Redapple2 Cherry 20 yr old Defenders are $100,000 +. Til now.
  • Analoggrotto So UAW is singling out Ford, treating them slightly better in order to motivate the entire effort. Mildly Machiavellian but this will cost them dearly in the future. The type of ill will and betrayal the Detroit-3 must be feeling right now will be the utter demise of UAW. I just hope that this tribulation is not affecting Mary Barra's total hotness.
  • Redapple2 I guessed they were ~$150,000. Maybe attainable.
  • Redapple2 want one.