Compare 2008 BMW 5-Series vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2008 BMW 5-Series
2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD 17 27 $41,030 $44,600
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528xi AWD 17 25 $43,055 $46,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 17 26 $45,815 $49,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535xi AWD 17 25 $47,840 $52,000
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 15 22 $54,095 $58,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan M5 RWD 11 17 $77,190 $83,900
5 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 535xiT AWD 16 24 $50,050 $54,400
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L BlueTEC RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L BlueTEC RWD 23 32 $50,406 $54,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD 13 20 $81,561 $87,700
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Luxury 3.5L 4MATIC 16 22 $49,476 $53,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Luxury 3.5L RWD 17 24 $49,476 $53,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L 4MATIC 16 22 $49,476 $53,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD 17 24 $49,476 $53,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Sport 5.5L 4MATIC 13 19 $58,776 $63,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan Sport 5.5L RWD 15 22 $57,381 $61,700
E-Class 4-Door Wgn 3.5L 4MATIC 16 21 $53,242 $57,250
E-Class 4-Door Wgn 6.3L AMG RWD 13 18 $82,305 $88,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,030
$50,406
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,600
$54,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$743 / month
$903 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW M5 has electrifying performance, but is saddled with an overdose of technology and a body in need of a few nips and tucks. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class family can be the right fit for a wide range of luxury buyers—even those who want the very frugal or the very fast.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.0 35.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.1 97.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 57.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 56.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 56.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 41.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 57.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 191.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 57.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 112.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.0 15.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.18 12.3 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.79 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.7 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.5 37.4
Steering Type
Servotronic Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/55R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3505 3860
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 120
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 210 @ 3800
Engine Type
Gas I6 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
- TBD - CDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 400 @ 1600 - 2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 26
Transmission
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.42/3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.92
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-link Integral 5-Arm Multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot 4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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