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Car #1
Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2010. - 2013.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
Rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2013.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
Rear

Dimensons & Volumes

4899 mm
1860 mm
1464 mm
520 liters
520 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4868 mm
1854 mm
1471 mm
540 liters
540 liters
59 liters

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1995 cc
184 hp
380 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
2.1 OM651 DE22 LA
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
2143 cc
170 hp
400 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1595 kg
8.1 s
227 km/h
5.7 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
125 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1635 kg
8.7 s
228 km/h
6.2 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
130 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 8 gears
1600 kg
8.1 s
225 km/h
5.7 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
123 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1635 kg
8.4 s
227 km/h
6.2 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
129 g/km

Expenses

16950 EUR
235 - 280 EUR
Price from
Tax
12400 EUR
428 - 572 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 rear 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 4-cylinder, 16-valves 184hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. 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, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Mercedes Benz E offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 5 Series as average reliability-wise, and E 18% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as 5 Series rank it on average as 3.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 227 kilometers per hour, 1km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (58 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. 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! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the BMW. 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. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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