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Few areas of the new car market are more fiercely fought for than the executive car class - as you'll find out in this video review. We test two cars - the BMW 520D and the Mercedes E220.

Mercedes has only recently revised the E-Class, after just four years, telling of how competitive things are in this class. Meanwhile, BMW has just pulled the wraps of its 5 Series, too.

From the outside, the new BMW 5 Series looks pretty similar to the old version, but those with a keen eye will notice tweaked headlamps and re-profiled bumpers. It gets a 520-litre boot, but this is 20 litres less than what the Mercedes has to offer. Plus, you have to pay an extra £420 for a split fold rear seat.

Mercedes has taken a bolder approach in its facelift of the E-Class - bringing you redesigned flanks, bold LED headlamps and a completely new grille. Still, it looks a little boring alongside the sporty 5 Series, and it's a similar story inside. But, it does get a roomier 540-litre boot.

The Mercedes provides a sensible drive - the standard adaptive dampers give a really soft ride and the steering is direct and well-weighted. But, it's just not that fun.

BMW, on the other hand, has a reputation for building fun-to-drive cars, and this latest 5 Series is no exception. It manages corners with excellence, has beautifully balanced rear-wheel-drive handling and direct steering that's very well-weighted.

Both the BMW and the Mercedes cost around £32,000, while the Mercedes emits 120g/km of CO2 and the BMW, 119g/km. Ultimately, both are going to be chosen as company cars, but which one do you go for? The Mercedes is very comfortable and quiet, but the BMW is equally desirable and better to drive. Watch the video review and see what you think.

Comments

    • Simon Prah
      Simon Prah

      The Best for me IS BMW ultimate driving machine

      about 1 month ago
    • Бездуховная Европа 2
      Бездуховная Европа 2

      Like for BMW 👍

      about 2 months ago
    • Mir S
      Mir S

      mercedes king ❤️👌

      about 3 months ago
    • Eugen
      Eugen

      UK advertising bmw again =))

      about 1 year ago
    • Lowrey Contractors
      Lowrey Contractors

      He couldn’t afford to buy either. 😂😂😂
      Who cares what they think.

      about 1 year ago
    • 阿里Ali
      阿里Ali

      Merc all thw way

      about 1 year ago
    • Antoine Edicó
      Antoine Edicó

      I actually love the new facelift of the w212.....but the infotainment is rubbish compare to f10.....bmw infotainment system is soo much useful....

      about 1 year ago
    • فيصل خوند
      فيصل خوند

      That new 5 series is so ugly

      about 1 year ago
    • Yxng ace
      Yxng ace

      MECERDES EVERY DAY!!!

      about 2 years ago
    • minhajur rahman
      minhajur rahman

      this guy did not cover the best things of the e class, e.g the rear seats, the ride and much more. The drive actually is great and you get decent economy from the e350d which is fast aswell. The merc is definitely better and I'm not being biased here

      about 2 years ago
    • Chris Anderson
      Chris Anderson

      Bmw 5 series had better i drive system and better dash board design
      But mercedes is better quality made car better looking outside plus have better safe systems

      about 2 years ago
    • rldabomb7
      rldabomb7

      only one who owns both can really tell the difference.. i owned an e90 before i want to buy a e class to see the difference but its not as attractive as the bmw. ans something tells me ill regret it..

      about 2 years ago
    • jas zg
      jas zg

      renault motor in mercedes? haha -:)

      about 2 years ago
    • The Truth
      The Truth

      lol, somebody got paid by BMW. The E-class won every single comparo so far because real reviewers feel it is light years ahead of the competition. This guy even think the 90s looking BMW 5 series' interior is nicer than the E-class interior, just that is laughable

      about 2 years ago
    • joynal uddin
      joynal uddin In reply to The Truth

      The Truth

      about 2 years ago
    • IceColdViking
      IceColdViking

      Mercedes has more class then à BMW

      about 2 years ago
    • vicki raja
      vicki raja

      Bmw agressive look is good for boys and mercedes dull look is good for uncles or grand dad ,thsts the only difference

      about 2 years ago
    • Michael Nguyen
      Michael Nguyen

      BMW > Benz

      about 2 years ago
    • Jahnupriyaa Kardnanithi
      Jahnupriyaa Kardnanithi

      The 5 series is so ugly

      about 2 years ago
    • bodrulm1
      bodrulm1

      The BMW interior is nicer. Sit in one! That shiny mercedes interior gets tired; it's tacky

      about 3 years ago
    • Alex  agathokleous
      Alex agathokleous

      nop at all are u kidding as the Mercedes looks nice simply without choosing the amg sport package, but bmw has the m sport which it cost a lot so yeah I would chose the Mercedes instead of bmw since it has lower fuels so yeah :/

      about 3 years ago
    • Worlds_Greatest_Detective
      Worlds_Greatest_Detective

      The interior of the BMW looks like an Renault Clio interior, you should wear glasses

      about 3 years ago
    • Umom Ufather
      Umom Ufather

      E class interior is the best one but outside is bmw better

      about 3 years ago
    • Garrett Spring
      Garrett Spring

      This wasn't a convincing argument for BMW at all

      about 3 years ago
    • Rob Collins
      Rob Collins

      Who in the right mind would pick the benz?

      about 3 years ago
    • Choo Choo TV
      Choo Choo TV In reply to Rob Collins

      BMW is so boring to look at

      about 2 months ago
    • Ato Nympha
      Ato Nympha In reply to Rob Collins

      Rob Collins me!

      about 2 years ago
    • Disinf3ctant
      Disinf3ctant

      You've got a problem when you think the 5 series interior is nice.

      about 3 years ago
    • Disinf3ctant
      Disinf3ctant In reply to Disinf3ctant

      The Truth he's an inconsistent rambler. best save your time friend. His argument went from "mercedes are inferior" to "fuck yeah Europe, because European cars like mercedes are awesome". That's when you know someone has absolutely fuck all else to do with their time.

      about 2 years ago
    • Gas Pedal Subscribe
      Gas Pedal Subscribe In reply to Disinf3ctant

      +The Truth You narrow minded idiot.

      about 2 years ago
    • The Truth
      The Truth In reply to Disinf3ctant

      +Gas Pedal another clueless bat

      about 2 years ago
    • Gas Pedal Subscribe
      Gas Pedal Subscribe In reply to Disinf3ctant

      +The Truth Oh that's a piece of shit. Radical SR8 built in my country can eat that German sausage for breakfast and it currently holds the world's no.1 fastest lap time at this ring.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_SR8
      https://nurburgringlaptimes.com/lap-times-top-100/

      about 2 years ago
    • mirkono
      mirkono

      I am looking to switch from my e90 328i to either f30 335 or f10 535...
      Tested 2013 535i with the M-sport package and got to tell you it felt like Camry in the corners. Far from ultimate driving machine

      about 3 years ago
    • Ato Nympha
      Ato Nympha In reply to mirkono

      l don't blame you

      about 3 years ago
    • Ato Nympha
      Ato Nympha

      why are u comparing these two cars anyway . are they in the same category? 5 series over e220 ,bmw must be a desperate bully

      about 3 years ago
    • Ato Nympha
      Ato Nympha In reply to Ato Nympha

      +Rob Collins I have always been worried abt bmw diesels.i will take vw or audi diesel instead

      about 3 years ago
    • Rob Collins
      Rob Collins In reply to Ato Nympha

      +Ato Nympha its a 520d... the worst bmw ever made

      about 3 years ago
    • Mark15278
      Mark15278

      5 series is THE SHIT

      about 3 years ago
    • HITMAN_ALI_786_
      HITMAN_ALI_786_

      quik question are these cars faster then a honda civic type r ep3 or fn2 ?

      about 3 years ago
    • Mukuru
      Mukuru

      Recently traded in my E250 cdi sport saloon for a 520d m sport saloon and I must say, BMW is a far better car in cabin styling & comfort. It was deafening travelling in the Merc on the motorway whilst road noise in the Beema is not as bad. I've always preferred BMW & owned the Beema E46 and E39 over the years & opted for a Merc as Beema were experiencing the horrendous timing chain issue but the model I've just bought is the revised engine so fingers crossed

      about 3 years ago
    • The Truth
      The Truth In reply to Mukuru

      tmarara lol, you took 2 step backwards.

      about 2 years ago
    • Mukuru
      Mukuru In reply to Mukuru

      The seats in the Merc were shockingly stiff & hard as well, made worse by the cheap plasticky leather

      about 3 years ago