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Used test: BMW 530e vs Mercedes E300e verdict

You can save almost £20,000 on either of these luxurious hybrids if you buy them at two years old, but which should you choose?...

BMW 530e vs Mercedes E300e rears

Our verdict 

Though its longer standard equipment list is welcome and many will appreciate the interior’s wow factor, the Mercedes E-Class E300e is let down by its poor comfort and handling balance. The BMW 5 Series 530e is the opposite in this respect. In other words, it's impressively polished in how it drives. 

What's more, it benefits from a higher-quality interior with more user-friendly controls, not to mention there's more room in the back. All in all, it’s a far more rounded package. The 530e still reigns supreme. 

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1st – BMW 530e

BMW 530e 2021 front

For Comfortable yet handles well; higher-quality interior; class-leading infotainment; more rear seat space; cheaper to buy and run privately
Against Slower battery charging

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Mercedes E300e

Mercedes E300e 2021 front

For Better equipped; more flexible rear seats as standard from new
Against Wallowy ride and handling; less polished hybrid system; less robust build quality; awkwardly shaped boot

What Car? ratings 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW 5 Series 530e M Sport Pro Pack

Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 288bhp (combined)
Torque 310Ib ft (combined)
0-60mph 5.4sec
Top speed 146mph
Official economy 188.3mpg
CO2 emissions 33g/km

Specifications: Mercedes E-Class E300e AMG Line Premium

Engine 4cyl, 1991cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 316bhp (combined)
Torque 516Ib ft (combined)
0-60mph 5.3sec
Top speed 155mph
Official economy 176.6mpg
CO2 emissions 37g/km

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