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2015 BMW 5 Series vs. 2015 Mercedes E-Class

By David Undercoffler | August 18, 2018

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Automotive Website Analyzed


87%

Really Good

You should buy it

80%

Really Good

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


91%

Would Buy Again

23 Ratings

80%

Would Buy Again

5 Ratings

Similarities

  • Both brands offer a wide array of engine choices, from six-cylinder versions to turbocharged V8s to fuel-sipping diesel options.
  • Tight handling, refined interiors and a smooth ride are found on both the BMW and Mercedes.
  • This is German engineering, so be prepared to pay for it; reviews of both cars dinged them for getting expensive after even modest options.

Differences

  • The BMW is available with a base four-cylinder engine (which is turbocharged) while the 2015 E Class doesn’t have this option.
  • While the styling of the BMW isn’t excessive, reviewers generally praised it more than the staid E Class.
  • The 2015 E Class is also available in Coupe and Wagon variants, versus the sedan-only 5 Series.
  • Reviewers complained about the tight rear seat on the BMW and the sometimes confusing dashboard and navigation controls on the Mercedes.

Autolist’s take

Sedans of this size have been the bread and butter of Mercedes and BMW for decades, so they each know how to build an impressive car. While the Mercedes has bank vault-like build quality and plenty of impressive safety features, we like the 5 Series for its overall approach to luxury: it does it all and it does it all with more style than the Benz. We say 'Buy the 5 Series'.

Cost of Ownership

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,640
15k miles at $2.624/gal
$2,187
15k miles at $2.624/gal
Fuel Economy

20 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
30 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
21 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
4 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Available
Autonomous Braking
-
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
-
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
-
Cross-Traffic Alert
-
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Available
Moonroof
Available
Moonroof
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

-
Apple Carplay
-
Apple Carplay
-
Android Auto
-
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Powertrain

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
7-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
RWD
Drivetrain
RWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

180+ HP @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
195+ HP @ 3800 RPM
Horsepower
200+ lb-ft @ 1250 RPM
Torque
369+ lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders