BMW 5 series 1988 vs Mercedes E class 1993

BMW 5 series
1988 - 1992
Mercedes E class
1993 - 1995
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 3.4 Petrol3.2 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 211 HP220 HP
Torque: 305 NM310 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.7 seconds8.3 seconds
BMW 5 series engine produces 9 HP less power than Mercedes E class, whereas torque is 5 NM less than Mercedes E class. Despite less power, BMW 5 series reaches 100 km/h speed 0.6 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 11.011.0
Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres70 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 720 km in combined cycle630 km in combined cycle
1000 km on highway850 km on highway
650 km with real consumption660 km with real consumption


Average engine lifespan: 480'000 km700'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Mercedes E class engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 24 years9 years
Engine spread: Used also on BMW 6 sērijaInstalled on at least 3 other car models, including Mercedes S klase, Mercedes CLK, Mercedes SL
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The Mercedes E class engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.72 m4.74 m
Width: 1.75 m1.74 m
Height: 1.41 m1.43 m
Both cars are similar in size. BMW 5 series is 2 cm shorter than the Mercedes E class, 1 cm wider, while the height of BMW 5 series is 2 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 460 litres520 litres
Mercedes E class has more luggage space.
BMW 5 series has 60 litres less trunk space than the Mercedes E class.
Turning diameter: 11 meters11.2 meters
The turning circle of the BMW 5 series is 0.2 metres less than that of the Mercedes E class.
Gross weight (kg): 2`0352`050
Safety: no datano data
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Mercedes E class has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 5 series has serious deffects in 50 percent more cases than Mercedes E class, so Mercedes E class quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 42002400
Pros and Cons: BMW 5 sērija has
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
Mercedes E klase has
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
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