2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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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 5 Series Sedan 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 5 Series Sedan 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The E-Class Sedan’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the 5 Series Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The 5 Series Sedan’s 570-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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.

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 5 Series Sedan (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

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 5 Series Sedan.

Brakes and Stopping

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The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the 5 Series Sedan:

E-Class Sedan

5 Series Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Sedan 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 Sedan’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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the 530i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the 530i (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (39 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Sedan has .3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

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 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 5 Series Sedan 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 5 Series Sedan 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 5 Series isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Sedan is less expensive to operate than the 5 Series Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the E-Class Sedan than the 5 Series Sedan, including $65 less for front brake pads, $58 less for a fuel pump, $181 less for front struts and $194 less for a timing belt/chain.

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 5 Series Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the BMW 5 Series by 304 units during the 2019 model year.

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