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Compare the2022 BMW M5VS 2022 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

2022 BMW M5
2022 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

Safety

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The BMW M5 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 AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The M5 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 AMG E-Class Sedan 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.

The M5’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 AMG E-Class Sedan.

Both the M5 and the AMG E-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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 around view monitors.

Warranty

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The M5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M5 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 AMG E-Class Sedan.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the M5 has a standard 249-amp alternator. The AMG E-Class Sedan’s 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. With 27 fewer problems per 100 vehicles, JD Power ranks BMW higher than Mercedes.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 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 above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Mercedes is rated below average.

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 M5’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 171 more horsepower (600 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid. The M5 Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 188 more horsepower (617 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid. The M5 CS’ standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 198 more horsepower (627 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the M5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the AMG E-Class Sedan E 53.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG E-Class Sedan:

M5

M5

AMG E-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

15.8 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

14.2 inches

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M5 has larger tires than the AMG E-Class Sedan (F:275/40R19 & R:285/40R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the AMG E-Class Sedan (117.4 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

Chassis

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The BMW M5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan.

Passenger Space

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The M5 has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG E-Class Sedan (103 vs. 97).

The M5 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the AMG E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The M5 has a larger trunk than the AMG E-Class Sedan (14 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 18th.

Recommendations

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The BMW 5 Series outsold the Mercedes E-Class/CLS by 22% during the 2021 model year.

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