2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the E-Class Sedan 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, 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 6 Series Gran Turismo has not been tested, yet.

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 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.

Engine

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The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s standard 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

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The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 Series Gran Turismo (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, 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

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For better stopping power the E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 6 Series Gran Turismo:

E 450 4MATIC Sedan

6 Series Gran Turismo

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The E-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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s (38.1 feet vs. 41 feet). The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 650 pounds less than the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

The E-Class Sedan is 7.1 inches shorter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the E-Class offers cargo security. The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

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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Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the E-Class Sedan to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes E-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The E-Class Sedan 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

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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.

The E-Class Sedan is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Sedan will cost $3855 to $4250 less than the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 Sedan will be $14853 to $17513 less than for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

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 6 Series Gran Turismo has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 22 to one during the 2019 model year.

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