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2007. - 2010. Production 2006. - 2009.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4841 mm
Length 4818 mm
1846 mm
Width 1822 mm
1468 mm
Height 1452 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 540 liters
520 liters
Boot (max) 540 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 65 liters
Engine
Mercedes Benz
3.0 M272 KE30
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
2996 cc
Displacement 2996 cc
218 hp
Power 231 hp
270 Nm
Torque 300 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1600 kg
Vehicle weight kg
7.9 s
Acc. 0-100 s
240 km/h
Top speed km/h
11.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
193 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1620 kg
Vehicle weight 1680 kg
8.2 s
Acc. 0-100 7.8 s
234 km/h
Top speed 244 km/h
11.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 13.8 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.6 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 9.9 l/100km
193 g/km
CO2 emissions 237 g/km
Expenses
10500 EUR
Price from 8550 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the luxury car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 218hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 231hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Mercedes Benz being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Mercedes Benz E offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.5 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 5 Series 23% below average, and E 42% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as 5 Series rank it on average as 4.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mercedes Benz is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 244 kilometers per hour, 4km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be 5 Series, averaging around 8.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 22% difference compared to Mercedes Benz E.

Verdict

Mercedes Benz appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Mercedes Benz E offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Mercedes Benz offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Mercedes Benz. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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