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Compare the2022 BMW 4 Series ConvertibleVS 2021 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible
2021 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Safety

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The BMW 4 Series Convertible has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The 4 Series Convertible has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 4 Series Convertible offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The 4 Series Convertible’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the E-Class Cabriolet.

Both the 4 Series Convertible and the E-Class Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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The 4 Series Convertible’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the E-Class Cabriolet’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4 Series Convertible for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E-Class Cabriolet.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The M440i Convertible’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (382 vs. 362) than the E-Class Cabriolet’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 4 Series Convertible gets better mileage than the E-Class Cabriolet:

MPG

4 Series Convertible

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

E-Class Cabriolet

RWD

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/29 hwy

Both the 4 Series Convertible and the E-Class Cabriolet have a standard automatic start/stop engine feature to stop unnecessary fuel waste and pollution at stop lights and heavy traffic. All 4 Series Convertibles have a standard disable switch for the system, so a driver can keep the engine from shutting off when the vehicle stops temporarily.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the BMW 4 Series Convertible as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

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The 4 Series Convertible’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 4 Series Convertible can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the E-Class Cabriolet.

Chassis

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The BMW 4 Series Convertible may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4 Series Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the E-Class Cabriolet (10.6 vs. 9.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the 4 Series Convertible offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

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