2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Wagon have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Wagon are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the E-Class Wagon and the 6 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Wagon’s warranty.

Engine

The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 27 more horsepower (362 vs. 335) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 330) than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The E-Class Wagon has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 Series Gran Turismo (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Wagon higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (3). This means the E-Class Wagon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 6 Series Gran Turismo every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the E-Class Wagon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 6 Series Gran Turismo:

 

E-Class

6 Series

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Wagon’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Wagon’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The E-Class Wagon is 6.7 inches shorter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo, making the E-Class Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the 6 Series Gran Turismo can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .4 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the 6 Series Gran Turismo.

 

E-Class

6 Series

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

31 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, BMW is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the E-Class Wagon has a standard rear wiper. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The E-Class Wagon offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the BMW 6 Series isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Wagon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Wagon will cost $1855 less than the 6 Series Gran Turismo over a five-year period.

The E-Class Wagon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the E-Class Wagon will retain 46.92% of its original price after five years, while the 6 Series Gran Turismo only retains 34.38%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes E-Class Wagon will be $12273 less than for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Recommendations

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 11 to one during the 2018 model year.

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