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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 BMW 5-Series

  2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$49,800
$46,900
Invoice $46,314 $43,150
MPG
City/Highway
15/32 15/34
Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Four body styles--including a wagon
  • Rich interior trims
  • Spacious interior
  • Available all-wheel drive (even on coupe)
  • Fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel

Dislikes:

  • Somewhat busy styling
  • Learning curve to electronics
  • Clutter of buttons
  • Base vinyl upholstery

Likes:

  • Clean exterior
  • Simpler, more appealing dash
  • Revamped iDrive
  • More direct driving experience
  • Flexible backseat and cargo space (Gran Turismo)

Dislikes:

  • Grabby brakes at low speed
  • Tech goodies have a learning curve
  • Gran Turismo's handling
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