The midsize sports sedan has been the ultimate symbol of success and driving excitement for decades, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is at the pinnacle of this competitive segment. In fact, industry experts were so impressed with the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class that it earned the prestigious MotorTrend Car of the Year! Not even rivals from other luxury brands like BMW can compete with the power, prestige and peace of mind provided by the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But don't just take our word for it -- take the E-Class and compare it side-by-side with rivals! Below, we'll pit the E-Class against the 2021 BMW 5 Series. We'll show you why the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gives you more style, more safety, better performance and more advanced technology.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the perfect solution for most driving needs, since it's a versatile midsize car. The 2021 BMW 5 Series is also a midsize sedan, but it's only available in a sedan style. The E-Class, by contrast, is also offered as a sleek and sporty two-door coupe or even a cabriolet convertible ideal for life in sunny California.
No matter which version of the E-Class you select, standard features include heated seats, which are part of an options package on the BMW 5 Series. Best of all, the E-Class Coupe & Sedan offer an available panoramic glass roof for a more open-air feeling than you can get in the 2021 BMW 5 Series. In the 5 Series, you only get a standard sunroof over the front seats.
It's not just a variety of body styles that makes the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class more practical. You also get superior standard features, such as a remote release power trunk lid. You can open and close the trunk automatically using a button on the key fob. That feature will cost you more on the 2021 BMW 5 Series. So it goes with remote engine start. Using your Mercedes me connect mobile app, you can perform a variety of functions, including starting the vehicle remotely to get the cabin comfortable on hot days or chilly ones. Similar technology will cost you more on the 5 Series as an optional upgrade.
With more standard horsepower, more standard torque and a more sophisticated standard suspension, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class simply gives you better performance for your money than the 2021 BMW 5 Series. Both cars are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines at the entry level, but you get an additional 7 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque in the E-Class. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also comes standard with a selective damping suspension. The firmness of the suspension reacts in real time to your current driving style. A similar suspension setup is available on the 5 Series, but it'll cost you thousands extra as an option.
Some exclusive safety options can provide a level of protection in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class that you won't find on the 2021 BMW 5 Series. For instance, the cutting-edge PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side system is a chamber of air in the vehicle's seats. When a side collision is detected, these rapidly inflate to gently move occupants away from the doors, reducing the likelihood of severe injury. You can also add Active Speed Limit Assist, which enables forward facing cameras to detect posted speed limit signs, and store the current speed limit conveniently in the dashboard. So you can focus on the road ahead, not scanning for road signs. None of these safety innovations are available on the 2021 BMW 5 Series.
Since just $50 separates the price of these two vehicles at the entry level, it's natural to compare them. But when you consider all the extra features, power and prestige you get from Mercedes-Benz, the choice becomes clear: For a starting MSRP of $54,250, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the midsize sports sedan with the sporty drive, interior luxury and advance safety you demand. What's more, we looked back over 40 years and didn't find a single BMW that earned the MotorTrend Car of the Year.
2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2021 BMW 5 Series
|Sedan, Coupe & Cabriolet||Body Styles||Sedan|
|273||Standard Torque (lb-ft)||257|
|9-Speed Automatic Transmission||Transmission||8-Speed Automatic Transmission|
|Standard||Selective Damping Suspension||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Power Trunk Lid||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Mobile App Remote Engine Start||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Heated Front Seats||Available Upgrade|
|Available Upgrade||Panoramic Glass Moonroof||Not Available|
*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.