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Head to Head: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 BMW 5 Series

Possibly two of the finest rivals in the luxury mid-sized car category, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series stand neck-to-neck in spirited competition. These two superb, expertly crafted driving machines are the epitome of class and status, with the performance chops to knock it out of the park. So join us, as we square off in: Head to Head: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 BMW 5 Series.

2018 BMW 5 Series

2018 BMW 5 Series vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance Comparison

Verdict:  2018 is a special year for Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz. This is the year they bring back the E63 S, now known as the AMG E63 S, and it’s available in both sedan and wagon. The 3.0 liter biturbo 6-cylinder has been widely praised, and the V-8 is a ferocious beast, pumping out over 600 horsepower and facilitating a zero-to-60 time of just 3.3 seconds.

But hold up, 2018 saw the BMW 5 Series hasn’t exactly been sitting still. Its loss of 137 pounds and intuitive/responsive transmission—it actually uses GPS data to anticipate and shift gears pre-ascent/descent—scored a combined impressive-for-its-class fuel economy of 24 mpg. The addition of the plug-in hybrid and the promise of even greater fuel efficiency this brings, puts the 5 Series in the lead in that category. Note*The hybrid fuel economy numbers have not been released as of this writing; it goes without saying they’ll be impressive.

What’s new for the E-Class lineup for 2018? Mercedes-Benz has restyled the coupe and cabriolet models to sync up with the sedan.


Base E-Class Sedan
E300/E300 4Matic

2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine 241-hp
273-lb-ft of torque

Coupe, wagon & convertible
E400/E400 4Matic

3.0-liter twin-turboV6 329-hp
354-lb-ft of torque

AMG E43 Sedan

3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 369-hp
384-lb-ft of torque
AMG E63 S 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 603-hp
627 lb-ft of torque



All Mercedes-Benz E-Class models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

What’s new for the BMW 5 Series lineup in 2018?
Two new engines complete the lineup in 2018, one a new plug-in hybrid.


530i & 530i xDrive Sedans


2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder 248-hp
258 lb-ft of torque
24/34  &

530e iPerformance& 530e xDrive iPerformance
Plug-In Hybrid

Intercooled turbo gas/electric 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder 180-hp
255 lb-ft of torque

540i & 540i xDrive Sedans


3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder 335-hp
332 lb-ft of torque
21/30 &

M550i xDrive Sedan


4.4-liter BMW M-Performance twin-turbo V8 engine 456-hp
480 lb-ft of torque

All BMW 5-Series engines are mated to an 8-speed transmission.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2018 BMW 5 Series vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Price & Lifestyle Comparison

Verdict: If you have the time, and it will take a lot of it, read through the entire list of standard and available features you can get with both luxury vehicles. There is no contest, both brands are doing some amazing work in bringing in ways to make your ride more convenient, safe, and just overall delightful. Check it out.

Not only did Mercedes-Benz bring back the AMG E63 S, redesign the coupe and convertible, but they are also serving up a formidable helping of included and optional features. Notable mention include an automatic parallel and perpendicular parking system (fancy!), an enhanced sound system, a surround view camera, and an additional slew of semi-automomous driver’s assist features for an improved performance and a seriously safe ride. Features we love include the HD TV-esque, intuitive dash display, massage-equipped and heated front seats, Burmester audio system choices, panoramic roof, in car 4G LTE Wi-Fi, mBrace Connect (for remote operations), and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class MSRP starts at $52,950**
Find yours at your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealer today.

With 2018, the year of the seventh-generation 5 Series, we said goodbye to the Gran Turismo hatch (to our dismay), and hello to the newly introduced M550i (to our delight). We can also opt for the sick Bowers & Wilkins surround system and some game-changing 3D technology that allows drivers to use hand gestures. Example: adjust the volume of your fancy stereo, by twirling your fingers, and change stations by poking two fingers in the air. Additionally, a host of features found in the elegant and divine 7 Series now call the 5 Series home. Notable: massage-equipped front seats, heated steering wheel, fragrance and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The 2018 BMW 5 Series MSRP starts at $52,400**
Hold your vehicle for up to two days when you reserve a test-drive at your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer.

Both models will give the Lexus GS, Audi A6, Jaguar FX, and Volvo S90 and   a run for their money, no pun intended.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.



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