Compare 2011 BMW 5-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2011 BMW 5-Series
2011 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 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i xDrive AWD 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD 20 30 $51,980 $56,500
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 19 27 $54,095 $58,800
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i Gran Turismo RWD 15 22 $59,250 $64,400
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 15 22 $61,365 $66,700
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2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD 17 25 $52,870 $56,850
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 15 22 $60,264 $64,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 17 26 $45,430 $48,850
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 15 23 $51,568 $55,450
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Luxury 4MATIC 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Luxury RWD 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport RWD 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 13 20 $81,468 $87,600
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,445
$52,870
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,050
$56,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$751 / month
$948 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Subcompact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.2
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.1 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 55.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
116.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 60.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14 11.5
Brakes
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)
13.0 x 0.9 11.8 x 0.9
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)
13.0 x 1.4 12.7 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 22.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 3948
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6600 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 2600-3000 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
N52 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
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
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.38
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Integral-V 5-arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 9.3
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
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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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