Comparison: Acura RL, Mercedes E 300, BMW 528xi –

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Or, more than likely, want to be burdened with the ponderous driving characteristics of leaden and lofty machines?

most luxury carmakers an answer in the form of the tried-and-true, luxury sedan.

And where was once the only stop for traction, most upper-crust now have all-wheel drive on the

Conservative by nature, all three of six-cylinder, AWD luxury sedans, at about $70,000, drive and … less gas than any

But which one is the best if driving is priority?



As the least-expensive model in mid-size lineup, the E300 starts at $65,800. (In the U.S. the model is the $51,675 E350.)

it like the Acura or BMW and the price to a competitive $70,000.

Except for the powered E63 AMG, you can#039;t buy an without getting Mercedes#039;s AWD badged 4Matic.

Like setups, the system is always on, each wheel for slippage and braking the wheels when

Unlike the others here, torque cannot be appropriated to the or back axles, being at 40 per cent to the front wheels and 60 to the

As I held its large-diameter steering the Mercedes always felt and quiet on the open highway. In a line, it tracked as faithfully as a on the scent.

But exit onto a side road, and this doesn#039;t like to play.

Slow steering and generous roll are the main culprits, little encouragement for aggressive

The car#039;s relatively wide and seats offer little in support. And compared to the intimate the driver has with the BMW#039;s the Mercedes#039;s helm is nearly

You would have to move up to the E63 AMG to get Mercedes#039;s sophisticated seven-speed For now, only the older model is available, with its slow reactions to prods your right foot.

a 1,770 kg curb weight, is the middleweight of the test trio. the relatively meagre 228 hp and 221 lb.-ft. of issuing from the 3.0 L V6 always the sedan feel like it was in cement shoes.

Zero-to-100 takes the longest time at 7.8 seconds.

At a combined 11.05 km fuel economy rating, the is also slightly thirstier the RL (10.65) and 528xi (10).

Why Quiet, solid, highway

Why not? Performance, steering, transmission.

SUV alternative: Mercedes-Benz ML350,


BMW 528xi

sport, premium and navigation to match the Acura and Mercedes in swelled the BMW#039;s attractive base price to $70,700.

Mercedes#039;s AWD system, with no at the tires, BMW xDrive#039;s torque is rear-biased, also at 60 per cent.

But the Bimmer has an advantage over the

When the 528xi#039;s tires lose grip, xDrive can torque front to rear, deemed appropriate by the system#039;s brain.

Inside, the 5 Series 12-way sports seats of the $1,700 Sports Package) are of the best in the industry. Their of adjustability and the balance between and support are exemplary.

Compared to the or Merc, the BMW#039;s steering heavy. But with more than a radio talk host, it#039;s worth the

Of the three AWD sedans here, the steers the most like a car – plenty of feel and accuracy, by any torque steer.

Once into the curves, the balanced BMW chassis prods the to explore the car#039;s prodigious limits. Its responses are immediate like the steering, the suspension is on the line.

However, even this group#039;s only transmission (a six-speed, with as a no-cost option), the engine cash the cheques the athletic is writing.

At 1,710 kg, the 528xi was the entrant here, but never like it. The naturally aspirated 3.0 L gains 15 horses over year#039;s 525i.

Mercedes E 300

But the resulting 230 hp – or, importantly, a middling 200 lb.-ft. of – isn#039;t enough to get the full BMW driving experience.

If you can afford it, the premium for the twin-turbo, 300 hp 535xi seems like a must-have.

Why Steering, ride, handling, position, smooth engine.

Why Engine falls behind the

SUV alternative: BMW X5 3.0si, $61,900



Acura#039;s range-topping RL comes loaded at $63,900.

Go for the $69,500 RL ($53,700 in the U.S.), and it becomes really loaded. The goodies adaptive cruise control, mitigation braking, wood and heated and cooled front

The Acura also offers the performance of this trio. The RL the E300 4Matic and 528xi the largest V6 (3.5 L) and the most (260 hp, 256 lb.-ft.).

So despite the porkiest sedan here at kg, the RL is the quickest from 0-to-100 at 7.2 seconds. And the five-speed manumatic can be via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a bonus.

Piling on, the RL#039;s Handling-All-Wheel Drive is measurably Like the BMW and Merc, SH-AWD the most favourable torque between front and rear

But it can also vary the amount of available to either the right or rear wheel, shooting as as 100 per cent of the rear torque to the rear wheel, if necessary.

The system isn#039;t transparent to the You can feel the torque being around during hard even on dry road conditions. But it give the Acura an aggressive that the BMW and Benz lack.

and sophisticated AWD system aside, the is far from perfect.

Driving would want more from the numb steering. And its highway ride means the car can in tight, fast corners.

fit and finish is the best here. But the seat lacks proper support, and some controls on the centre console are hard to quickly when you#039;re at

Unlike the two Germans, there are no or suspension upgrades in the RL options If you want more performance, have to shop elsewhere at your local Acura

Why buy? Super (duper) handling, performance, fit and finish,

Why not? Steering, interior no engine or suspension upgrades.

SUV . Acura MDX Elite, $62,200

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