2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan vs. 2020 BMW M5

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan 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 M5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan 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 M5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the AMG C-Class Sedan and the M5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the M5.

The AMG C-Class Sedan offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The M5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG C-Class Sedan’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 M5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the AMG C 63 Sedan’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the M5’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet). The AMG C 43 Sedan’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the M5’s (39.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the BMW M5.

The AMG C 63 Sedan is 10.5 inches shorter than the M5, making the AMG C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the AMG C 63 S Sedan is quieter than the M5 (41 vs. 47 dB).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The AMG C-Class Sedan has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG C-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The M5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the BMW M5 isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

The AMG C-Class Sedan is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The M5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the AMG C-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG C-Class Sedan will cost $690 to $4250 less than the M5 over a five-year period.

The AMG C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the AMG C-Class Sedan will retain 44.57% to 44.61% of its original price after five years, while the M5 only retains 38.19% to 42.59%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan will be $30081 to $45659 less than for the BMW M5.

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