The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series have been rivals in various shapes and forms since the 1970s. They provide upscale luxury without all the bells and whistles that you don't need or want and they are reasonably priced but in more ways than one, the E-Class comes out ahead when comparing the two. They look similar, they have the same amount of horsepower, and these two models in particular are only priced $250 apart. So what differentiates the two?
Under the hood, you will find a V6 in both models. The difference here is how the engines are aspirated. The Mercedes-Benz has a healthy 3.5L, naturally aspirated engine. As many cars are switching to turbo, like the 5-Series, the E-Class still offers the reliability of the non-turbo engine. The twin turbocharging system in the BMW works well to save space under the hood, but it comes with the risk of unpredictability. In the end, the E-Class actually has more horsepower anyway with 4MATIC all-wheel drive included in the price.
The BMW is not entirely at a loss. Because it is quite a bit lighter than the E-Class, it does have a better gas mileage rating than the E350. Of course, we are only talking a dollar or two difference at the pump, but it is still something to consider. Overall, the extra weight of the E-Class actually helps with stability and ride comfort in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension and DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes. It is technologies like these that give us the confidence to say that the winner of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2016 BMW 5-Series comparison is the E350. For less money, you get more horsepower, more technology, and more comfort. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available right now at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead, so contact us today to take one for a test drive or get a quote on a specific model!