Compare 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class

2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 535i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 535i 19 28 $52,440 $57,000
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 535i xDrive 18 27 $54,555 $59,300
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 550i 15 22 $60,720 $66,000
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 550i xDrive 15 19 $62,835 $68,300
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4MATIC 4-Door R 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door R 350 16 21 $49,002 $52,690
4MATIC 4-Door R 350 BlueTEC 18 23 $50,071 $53,840
Pricing
Invoice Price
$52,440
$49,002
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$57,000
$52,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$950 / month
$878 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo is an intriguing design with a luxurious interior and limo-like back seat, but it has narrow niche appeal--and it's neither as nimble as the 5 sedans nor as handy as the X5 (or a wagon). The ambiguously shaped Mercedes R-Class isn't as easy a choice as the big GL-Class SUV, but especially in diesel trim, it's a capable long-distance touring machine.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 59.6
Front Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
112.0 146.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.8
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 60.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 52.8
Third Leg Room (in)
- 32.4
Third Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
196.8 203.1
Height, Overall (in)
61.4 65.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.1 65.0
Wheelbase (in)
120.9 126.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.8 85.4
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 65.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
60.0 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 42.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 87.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 85.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- 18.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- 15.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 44.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.9 13.0 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.7 x 1.4 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.1 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/50R18 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size
NA P195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50R18 P255/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4641 5622
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5800 - 6250 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
300 @ 1200 - 5000 273 @ 6500
Engine Order Code
NA N/A
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 21
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.70
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Trans Type
8 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Body Style
Hatchback Wagon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Integral-V Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 10.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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