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

2018 BMW 5-Series vs.2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Wondering how mid-range luxury sedans from BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz compare? The 2018 BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class represent their respective brands well, and offer many of the same features and specs for similar prices. When you get down to brass tacks, though, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 offers smoother performance and state-of-the-art technologies you can’t get on the BMW 530i. Compare the BMW 5-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class below to learn more!

2018 E 300
2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sedan VS 2018 BMW 530i Sedan
273 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
9-speed automatic Transmission 8-speed automatic
12.3 inches Central Display 10.2 inches
Standard 64-Color Ambient Lighting Feature Not Offered
Standard Car-to-X Communication Feature Not Offered
Standard Android Auto™ Feature Not Offered


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series are both powered by 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engines. With the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sedan, you can expect up to 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 BMW 530i Sedan, on the other hand, dishes out 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Automatic transmissions are standard on both, but you’ll get a wider range of gear ratios with the new E-Class; it comes with a 9-speed automatic, while the BMW 5-Series gets an 8-speed.

E 300 interior
E 300 In Driveway

Luxury Features

The 2018 BMW 5-Series and E-Class Sedan are among the most luxurious in their class. No matter which one you choose, you’ll get real wood trim, memory settings, a navigation system, telematics services, and optional ventilated/heated front seats. Still, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 interior has a reputation for outdoing rivals like the Lexus LS with its technologies, such as steering wheel-mounted Touch Controls, 64-color LED interior lighting, a 12.3-inch central display, and Android Auto™—none of which are offered on the BMW 5-Series.

Driver Assists

For greater peace of mind, the BMW 5-Series gets BMW’s Active Protection System and Active Driving Assistant. Together, these include features like a pre-collision system, a driver attention monitor, and frontal collision warning. The E-Class Sedan gets similar systems, too. PRESAFE® Sound is also standard and emits a “pink noise” from the audio system if a collision is likely in order to protect occupants’ hearing. You’ll also get Car-to-X Communication, which allows E-Class drivers in and around Murrieta to share notifications.

E 300 Profile

Test Drive the 2018 E-Class Sedan Today!

In a BMW 5-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class comparison, the latter distinguishes itself with a more advanced transmission, as well as cutting-edge luxury and safety features. If you’re shopping for true luxury, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan is the way to go. Browse our E-Class lease specials, then schedule a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, located near Menifee and Escondido.

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