New BMW 5 Series Touring vs Mercedes E-Class Estate vs Volvo V90

Plush estates make great family cars, with the latest to join the club the new BMW 5 Series Touring. But how does it compare to its two most competitive rivals?...

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11 August 2016

What will they cost?

For cash buyers, the V90 appears a relative steal – until you factor in the huge discounts you can get on the E-Class. The latter also offers the cheapest monthly repayments if you’re buying on a PCP finance deal, while resale values are similarly strong across the board.

Unsurprisingly, our real-world True MPG tests proved that none of our trio can come close to its official claims. They all still achieved an average of around 40mpg, though, with the 5 Series most frugal, giving all three a decent potential touring range of just under 600 miles.

New BMW 5 Series Touring vs Mercedes E-Class Estate vs Volvo V90

As company cars, the 5 Series and E-Class cost a similar amount in tax, but the V90 is considerably cheaper than both.

They all come reasonably well equipped, although we’d certainly suggest adding a few extras. For the E-Class, we’d recommend the 12.3in digital instrument display and air suspension, and if you’re buying the 5 Series, adaptive dampers are a must-have. Adaptive dampers are certainly worth considering on the V90, too.

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer three-year/unlimited-mileage warranties, while Volvo limits you to 60,000 miles. Each car was awarded fi ve stars for safety by Euro NCAP (albeit in saloon form in the case of the 5 Series and E-Class). Drill into the details and you’ll discover that all provide excellent protection for adults inside and pedestrians outside, while the E-Class scores highest for child occupant protection. Mind you, the V90’s safety systems are the most effective at preventing you from having an accident in the first place.

New BMW 5 Series Touring vs Mercedes E-Class Estate vs Volvo V90