Silly photo comparison: 2011 BMW 5 Series vs 2010 Mercedes E-Class

5-series | February 26th, 2009 by 7

A couple of months back, we wrote a review on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, one of BMW’s competitors in the luxury sedan segment. The review …

A couple of months back, we wrote a review on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, one of BMW’s competitors in the luxury sedan segment.

The review focused mostly on the design language and engine offerings. Of course, our readers have mixed feelings and their comments reflected that. Many wonder how the new BMW 5 Series will measure against the E-Class W212.

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Well, a couple of months later, due to the leaked photo of the allegedly 2010 BMW 5 Series, we can literally put these two vehicles, head-to-head.

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As far as the engine goes, Mercedes-Benz E-Class will offer a variety of motor options, from the 4 and 6 cylinder ones to a powerful V8. The base petrol models is the E200 CGI which outputs 184hp and 270Nm, followed closely by the E250 CGI – 204hp and 310Nm. The petrol line-up is completed with the V6 E350 CGI – 292hp and 365 Nm – and the 5.5 liter V8 E500 producing 388hp and 530Nm.

The 2011 BMW 5 Series is rumored to start with the 523i – 177hp engine, followed by 525i with 218hp, 528i with 230hp, 530i 272hp, 535i twin-turbo 300hp.

The high-end 5 Series model, most likely the 550i, will be powered by a V8 engine outputting 362hp.

Design wise? Unfortunately, we don’t have any official photos of the 2011 BMW 5 Series, hence the “Silly comparison” title, but based on this, my initial reaction is that the next 5er will be way more aggressive and sportier looking than the W212 E-Class.

I wonder if the Avantgarde package on the E-class will close this gap……

Thanks to EnI for the idea and follow this discussion on Germancarzone

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