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

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Dimensons & Outlines

4868 mm
1854 mm
1471 mm
540 liters
540 liters
59 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4899 mm
1860 mm
1464 mm
520 liters
520 liters
70 liters
2009 Mercedes Benz E
2010 BMW 5 Series

Engine

Hybrid
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
2143 cc
231 hp
750 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Hybrid
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
2979 cc
340 hp
450 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
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s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
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Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 7 gears
1745 kg
7.5 s
242 km/h
4.2 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
109 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 8 gears
1825 kg
5.9 s
250 km/h
6.7 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
149 g/km

Expenses

6200 EUR
Price from
5700 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 hybrid engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 231hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 340hp engine designed by BMW.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, 5 Series offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Mercedes Benz with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the BMW badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed E as average reliability-wise, and 5 Series is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Mercedes Benz E rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be Mercedes Benz E, averaging around 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (67 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 52% difference compared to 5 Series!


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, 5 Series offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the 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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