2018 BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E Class

BMW 5 Series

The 2018 BMW 5 Series and 2018 Mercedes E Class have much in common. Both are German-engineered luxury midsize cars, and each has plenty of style, features, and power under the hood. But which is better for your daily drive around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, or Vineland?

In this car comparison, we’ll put these two cars head-to-head in a 2018 BMW 5 Series vs. Mercedes E Class faceoff. See how they measure up in a variety of ways and choose the car that suits your needs better! If you have any questions, drop us a line at BMW of Atlantic City.

2018 5 Series vs E Class: Interior Dimensions

BMW 5 Series InteriorThe 2018 5 Series and E Class each offer seating for five in remarkably comfy seats. These are luxury cars, so you can expect standard leather for a premium look and feel. And with just over 41 inches of legroom in the front seats of both cars, tall drivers have plenty of room to fit in.

The rear seats are perfectly accommodating for average sized adults, although you’ll find a bit more space with the 5 Series’ 36.5 inches of legroom vs. the E Class’ 35.8 inches of legroom. The numbers are close, though, and most adults will have no trouble finding space.

Need cargo space? While the E Class sedan may have enough space for groceries or golf clubs with its 13.1 cubic feet of trunk volume, the 5 Series gives you more. It has 18.7 cubic feet beneath an available hands-free power trunk lid, giving you more space (and convenience) for carting around all your things.

High-Performance Powertrains

Every BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class trim comes with its own engine under the hood. Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines come standard in both models. The 5 Series puts out 248 horsepower, which just barely scrapes past the E Class’ 241 horsepower.

Upgrade to the more powerful engines, and you’ll find that the 5 Series’ turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder puts out 335 horsepower, again slightly besting the E Class’ twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which has 329 horses to its name.

BMW 5 Series

While you’ll notice little real-world difference between those engines, you may notice a difference when it comes to handling. Both cars deliver a strong balance between agility and comfort, but test drivers have praised the 5 Series for its especially nimble handling, enhanced by its adjustable drive modes.

MPG EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Now that we’ve looked at the engines, which car delivers the most fuel-efficient ride in this 2018 5 Series vs. E Class comparison? The 5 Series 530i gets an EPA-estimated 24 city and 34 highway MPG, while the E Class 300 sedan returns just 22 city and 30 highway MPG.

The 5 Series 540i offers an EPA-estimated 21 city and 30 highway MPG, while the E Class 400 sedan gets just 20 city and 26 highway MPG. Whichever engine you choose, the more powerful 5 Series will also help you travel further on less fuel.

For even more impressive economy, check out the 5 Series 530e, a plug-in hybrid that’ll get you up to 72 combined MPGe, according to the EPA. Unfortunately, there’s no hybrid E Class in the current model year.

Want to learn more about the BMW 5 Series? Check out our reviews!

2018 BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E Class: The Verdict

So, which of these luxury midsize cars out-muscles the competition? As you’ve seen in our car comparison, this 2018 BMW 5 Series vs. Mercedes E Class matchup is a close one! Both cars have exceptional interior qualities and well-tuned performance features.

But, if you want a luxury car that offers cavernous cargo space, strong fuel economy, and agile handling, the 5 Series may be worth a closer look. Schedule a test drive today at BMW of Atlantic City, your dealer serving Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, and Vineland!