2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2016 BMW 5 Series
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2016 BMW 5 Series
5 Engine Options 4
Available 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive Available xDrive
577 hp (5.5-liter V8) Top Horsepower 445 hp (4.4-L turbo V8)
COMAND Infotainment iDrive

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2016 BMW 5 Series

Steering wheel and dashboard view of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

When premium maneuverability, a spacious interior, and first-rate features are in demand, a midsize luxury vehicle is one of the best bets. This segment inhabits the sweet spot between practical driving and engaging handling that both larger and smaller cars and SUVs may lack. In this 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2016 BMW 5 Series comparison, we are going to look at two of the heavy hitters in the midsize class to see which one may appeal to luxury buyers. One of the first considerations is that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in four different body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible) while the BMW 5 Series is only available in sedan form.

Either of these models offers top capability, and the best in luxury features. Advantages like dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a sunroof, comfortable seating with plenty of leg room, and a top notch infotainment system come standard on both. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class features the COMAND interface and MB-Tex simulated leather seats or real leather upholstery, depending on the trim level. The 2016 BMW 5 Series comes with SensaTec premium vinyl seating (with leather available on upper trims) and the iDrive interface.

Engine Power on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

A large difference we can point out in this 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2016 BMW 5 Series comparison is the variation in engine levels. Both models are available with a variety of engines, and each one can be had with a diesel option. However, whether one looks at the base engines or the top engines it is clear that the Mercedes-Benz midsize luxury vehicle is optimized for handling, power and fun, while the BMW offers reliable but less engaging results.

The base gasoline engine on the 2016 BMW 5 Series is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated for just 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers solid mileage, but is dwarfed by the 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque that comes on the 3.5-liter V6 that is the base gasoline engine for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. On the upper end as well, the Mercedes-Benz can deliver 577 horsepower, thanks to a 5.5-liter V8 on the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S model. In contrast, the 2016 BMW 550i tops out at 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

To learn more about this comparison, or to test drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Merriam KS, contact a member of the Aristocrat Motors team today.

red 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class parked on the road with an assertive stance