Used test: BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E-Class costs

Either of these two top-notch, used luxury saloons could be on your driveway for just £17,000, but which one deserves your cash? We have the answer.....

Used BMW 5 Series Saloon 17-present

What will they cost?

Both of these two are half-price heroes. They were a similar price new in 2017 and they remain equally matched at three years old, both dropping to around the price of a new Ford Fiesta. 

As far as running costs go, the 5 Series is cheaper to service and insure, although the E-Class is a fraction cheaper at the pumps, according to our True MPG tests (43.5mpg plays the E-Class's 44.8mpg).

BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Both cars are lined up here in their cheapest trims. Even so, you still got automatic air-con (also called climate control), cruise control, leather seats (heated in the front), keyless start and front and rear parking sensors in both. The 5 Series had xenon headlights, whereas the E-Class got even better LED units and a reversing camera.

As far as reliability goes, the 5 Series finished third in the luxury car class in our most recent survey, while the E-Class finished in sixth place. BMW as a brand finished in 21st place out of 31 manufacturers, while Mercedes came in 24th place. 

These cars also came with automatic emergency braking as standard to help minimise your chances of accidentally running into the car in front or hitting a pedestrian. Both cars also scored five out of five in the Euro NCAP safety tests, with particularly strong marks for child protection.


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