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2007. - 2010. Production 2006. - 2009.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4843 mm
Length 4850 mm
1846 mm
Width 1822 mm
1491 mm
Height 1496 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 690 liters
1650 liters
Boot (max) 1950 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Engine
Mercedes Benz
3.0 OM642 LO
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 2987 cc
197 hp
Power 190 hp
400 Nm
Torque 440 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1745 kg
Vehicle weight kg
8.1 s
Acc. 0-100 s
228 km/h
Top speed km/h
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
184 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1755 kg
Vehicle weight 1865 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 9.0 s
228 km/h
Top speed 226 km/h
9.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.9 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.7 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.2 l/100km
187 g/km
CO2 emissions 218 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 5-door wagon body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 197hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 190hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. 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 7% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, 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. Some independent research have also placed 5 Series 23% below average, and E 42% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as 5 Series rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 228 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be 5 Series, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 19% 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. From there things take a different direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say BMW. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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