Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs 2008 BMW 5-Series

2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class
2008 BMW 5-Series
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4-Door Sedan RWD Sport 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD Luxury 3.5L 17 24 $47,616 $51,200
4-Door Sedan RWD Sport 3.5L 17 24 $47,616 $51,200
4-Door Sedan BlueTec RWD 42 State 3.0L 23 32 $48,546 $52,200
4-Door Sedan BlueTec RWD California 3.0L 23 32 $48,546 $52,200
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC Luxury 3.5L 16 22 $49,011 $52,700
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC Sport 3.5L 16 22 $49,011 $52,700
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC 3.5L 16 21 $52,034 $55,950
4-Door Sedan RWD Sport 5.5L 15 22 $55,521 $59,700
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC Sport 5.5L 13 19 $56,916 $61,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L AMG 12 19 $79,329 $85,300
4-Door Wagon RWD 6.3L AMG 12 18 $80,026 $86,050
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 17 27 $41,030 $44,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 528xi 17 25 $43,055 $46,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 17 26 $45,815 $49,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 535xi 17 25 $47,840 $52,000
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 535xiT 16 24 $50,050 $54,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $54,095 $58,800
4-Door Sedan RWD M5 11 17 $77,190 $83,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,616
$41,030
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,200
$44,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$853 / month
$743 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 36.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 99.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 113.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 72.7
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.0 191.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 14.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.79
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 12.8 x 1.18
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.5
Steering Type
Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive Servotronic Variable Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 13.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/35R18 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/50VR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3740 3505
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.66
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.38
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Double-Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Arm Multi-link 4-link Integral

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