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

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.....

New BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E-Class

Our verdict

These two saloons beautifully define the old adage a lot of car for the money, and both would create quite a stir on your driveway. 

However, although the E-Class is a good car, we’d go for the 5 Series. It’s so good that it’s better thought of as a more compact, sharper-driving and considerably better-value 7 Series than a step up from the executive 3 Series. It’s a terrific all-rounder, and if you can find one of the ones with the optional VDC suspension you’ll have one of the finest cars on the planet. Even if you can’t, it still gets our vote here. 

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1st – BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

For Nicer to drive; plush interior; wonderful infotainment system
Against Modest rear leg room; even better when fitted with the optional VDC suspension

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

Read our full used BMW 5 Series review >>


2nd – Mercedes E-Class

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

For Snazzy-looking interior; stronger engine
Against So-so to drive; interior looks better than it feels; inferior driving position

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full used Mercedes E-Class review >>


Specifications: BMW 5 Series 520d SE

  • Engine size - 2.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 188bhp
  • Torque - 295lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 7.8sec
  • Top speed - 146mph
  • Fuel economy - 43.5mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 108g/km

Specifications: Mercedes E-Class E220d SE

  • Engine size - 2.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 191bhp
  • Torque - 295lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 7.5sec
  • Top speed - 149mph
  • Fuel economy - 44.8mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 102g/km

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