2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS VS 2019 Cadillac XTS

There’s a class of large luxury sedans that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the 2019 models of both Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs 2019 Cadillac XTS, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs 2019 Cadillac XTS. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Cadillac side-by-side.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS: Performance

The redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS rides smoothly and makes a great cruising vehicle. It handles well and gets ample power from either of its turbocharged six-cylinder engines. The CLS 450 features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 362 horsepower. It also has an EQ Boost mild hybrid function that activates automatically and can add 21 horsepower (and 184 pound-feet of torque) over short periods. This engine delivers power in a smooth, linear fashion and never feels weak. The EQ Boost is a pleasant addition, making the engine feel livelier. According to EPA estimates, the CLS gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Those are some of the best ratings in the class.

The 2019 Cadillac XTS strikes a delicate balance. While it offers a smooth ride and crisp steering, the XTS is unlikely to disappoint anyone looking for a luxury car that focuses more on comfort than agility. This Cadillac’s base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 304 horsepower. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For good or bad, this powertrain doesn’t stand out. It has adequate power for driving around town or on the highway, and it earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is about average among large luxury cars. This car attempts to strike a sweet spot between comfort and agility. As is expected from a car of this size, it can be tough to maneuver in tight areas.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS: Feature Comparison

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS looks modern and stylish inside following its redesign, with top-notch materials quality. Both rows of seats are comfortable. There’s plenty of available technology, and a user-friendly infotainment system comes standard. The CLS comes standard with the COMMAND® infotainment system that includes a 12.3-inch display screen and a touchpad controller that gives haptic and acoustic feedback. Available features include Thermotronic (GPS-linked) automatic climate control, Mercedes-Benz In-Car-Office, Mercedes-Benz Link smartphone connectivity, wireless device charging, a Burmester audio system, and Car-to-X communication. Beyond the infotainment system, the CLS offers a plethora of useful and cutting-edge technology. At the top of the list is Car-to-X communication, which allows all cars equipped with this technology to communicate with each other about hazardous on-road situations, allowing you to potentially avoid accidents and other dangers.

The 2019 Cadillac XTS features an attractive cabin. Soft-touch materials abound, though the cabins in many rivals may look a little nicer. The seats are supportive and comfortable, offering enough head and legroom for most adults. The trunk is a little larger than most rivals. However, the trunk isn’t wide, meaning it can be challenging to load longer items. Standard features in the Cadillac XTS include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Teen Driver, and wireless device charging. The standard CUE infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports (plus a third charging port), an eight-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The CUE infotainment system is generally responsive to inputs. However, some of the controls beneath it can be tough to use, and the reconfigurable digital instrument cluster takes time to learn.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS: Overall Comparison

Mercedes-Benz redesigned the CLS for the 2019 model year, and it sees plenty of changes. The 2019 model features a revamped trim lineup and replaces the prior generation’s twin-turbo V8s with six-cylinder engines. The new engines are more efficient thanks to the new mild hybrid technology. Inside, the CLS boasts an attractive, posh interior and offers a lengthy list of features, including many driver assistance options. The seats are comfortable and supportive as well. The CLS lives up to its luxury billing by providing a cushioned ride and a chic, well-built interior. There are lots of reasons to like this Mercedes-Benz, and that’s why it finishes in the top half of luxury large car rankings.

The 2019 Cadillac XTS has much to admire. It has a powerful engine option, an attractive cabin design, a spacious interior, and above average trunk space. Both cars are available with a host of safety features. New for 2019, the CLS now matches the XTS sedan’s capacity to seat five people. The Mercedes-Benz has an even more luxurious cabin than the XTS, however. Both cars offer performance-tuned models with the XTS V-Sport and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 53, but of the two, the CLS is better a handling the curves. This is a good car in a class full of great ones. Because of that, you may want to explore some other options before considering the XTS.

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