Entry level test: BMW 5-Series Vs Mercedes E-Class - specifications

 BMW 520d SEMercedes E220 CDI SE
On the road price/total as tested£27,430/£30,955£27,375/£31,745
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)£12,289/44.8%£12,428/45.4%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£987/£1,975£985/£1,971
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,393/£2,321£1,808/£3,013
Ins. grp./quote/road tax band/cost33/£539/E/£12033/£562/E/£120
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£685 (5yrs/60k)£249/£349/£249
Length/wheelbase4,841/2,888mm4,868/2,874mm
Height/width1,468/1,846mm1,470/1,854mm
Engine4cyl in-line/1,995cc4cyl in-line/2,143cc
Peak power 175/4,000 bhp/rpm168/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque 350/1,750 Nm/rpm400/1,400 Nm/rpm
Transmission Six-spd man/rwdSix-spd man/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel70 litres/run-flats59 litres/sp. saver
Boot capacity 520 litres540 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,585/465/1,800kg1,735/535/1,900kg
Turning circle/drag coefficientN/A/0.28Cd11.3 metres/0.25Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unltd)/3yrs3yrs (unltd)/4yrs
Service intervals/UK dealersVariable miles/15415,000 miles/136
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.8th (09)/12th (08)9th (09)/14th (08)
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points4/4/1/N/AN/A
0-60/30-70mph8.3/7.7 secs8.4/8.3 secs
30-50 in 3rd/4th 3.6/5.9 secs3.5 secs^
50-70 in 5th/6th 6.8/9.9 secs4.8 secs^
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 144mph/2,000rpm143mph/2,000rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 47.7/34.6/8.8m50.1/36.4/9.3m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph67/44/57/67dB61/42/57/67dB
Auto Express economy/range41.4mpg/637 miles31.9mpg/414 miles^
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 43.5/65.7/55.4mpg40.9/64.2/53.3mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket183/136g/km/18%237/139g/km/18%
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensorsSix/yes/yesEight/yes/yes
Auto box/stability/cruise control£1,465/yes/yes£1,458/yes/yes
Climate ctrl/leather/heated seats£580/£1,340/£295Yes/no/yes
Met paint/xenon lights/keyless go£625/£785/no£607/no/no
Sat-nav/MP3 connection/Bluetooth£350*/£200/£525£1,150/yes/yes

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