Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs 2012 BMW 5-Series

2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2-Door Coupe RWD E350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E350 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E350 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
2-Door Coupe RWD E550 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E350 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Sport 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E550 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E63 AMG 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
4-Door Wagon RWD E63 AMG 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,314
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,800
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$830 / month
$782 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks. The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
48.9 56.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.9 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
40.4 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 100.5
Second Head Room (in)
35.8 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.0 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 116.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
3.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
185.0 193.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 18.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.9 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x 1.3 13.0 x 0.9
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)
22.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.3 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/40R17 225/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R17 225/55R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3759 3814
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 170
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500-5250 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA N20
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 34
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.29
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
Coupe 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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