2020 Mercedes E-Class Coupe vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The BMW 8 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe 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 8 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the E-Class Coupe and the 8 Series 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, 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 E-Class Coupe’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.

Engine

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The E-Class Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 27 more horsepower (362 vs. 335) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 368) than the 840i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 8 Series (3). This means the E-Class Coupe produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 8 Series every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 8 Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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The E-Class Coupe stops shorter than the 8 Series:

E-Class Coupe

8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Coupe has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Coupe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Coupe’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 8 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Coupe’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the 8 Series (113.1 inches vs. 111.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Coupe’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (37.5 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The E-Class Coupe’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 8 Series xDrive’s (37.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Coupe has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 8 Series can only carry 4.

The E-Class Coupe has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (89 vs. 81).

The E-Class Coupe has 2.8 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

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 E-Class Coupe’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 8 Series’ power windows.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Coupe to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The 8 Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The 8 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the E-Class Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The E-Class Coupe has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The E-Class Coupe 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 8 Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the BMW 8 Series isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Coupe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Coupe will cost $5985 to $6495 less than the 8 Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes E-Class Coupe will be $47393 to $50686 less than for the BMW 8 Series.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The 8 Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the BMW 8 Series by over eighteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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