Mercedes-Benz and BMW are among the car brands that have existed for a long time in markets worldwide. We have been able to witness the evolution that came with the development in technology which has uniquely amplified the designs and functionality of different models offered by the two brands. Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1993 while BMW 5 Series is a much older model introduced by BMW in 1972. Despite the difference in age, these two models have been leveled side by side in terms of performance, luxury, and comfort as well as design. Now that we have briefly crosschecked the nature and history that comes with both vehicles, let’s deep dive into what makes them comparable with reference to 2017 models.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2020.)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 5 Series
Capacity / Doors 5 seats (sedan) / 4 doors,
4 seats (Coupes, Convertibles) / 2 doors
5 seats / 4 doors
Average Fuel Economy - 9.6 kmpl to 12.6 kmpl
- 12.6 kmpl (Automatic Diesel variant)
- 11.9 kmpl (Automatic Petrol variant)
- 15.01 kmpl - 20.37 kmpl
Key Features Power steering, AC, Alloy Wheels,
Engine Start Stop Button
Fog Lights, Power Window Front,
Multi-function Steering Wheel, Airbags
Average Used Pricing $1,240 - $7,300 $1,640 - $4,810
Interior and Exterior Comparison
The craftsmanship that comes with Mercedes-Benz cars is full proof that the brand is designed under the microscope of the world’s best car engineering and hence making them outstanding cars.
The C-Class exterior comes with a flowing, aerodynamically sculpted design with undeniably sporty lines. It’s available in a variety of styling and wheel choices from elegant to aggressive.
It’s designed with a wind-honed body with an agile stance and elegant details including 17” to 19” wheels, LED headlamps and taillamps, four grille designs from sporty to classic to modern. With a sophisticated exterior comes a superb interior and this is exactly what the C-Class offers.
The interior is designed with luxurious spacious seating for five with a rich palette of upholstery and trip. It comes with innovative features that are sensitive to maximize your comfort all drive long.The luxurious interior welcomes you with multicolor LED ambient lighting that sets a calm mood, panorama roof, cabin-air ionizer, and fragrance atomizer for a fresher driving experience.
It comes with a KEYLESS-START and KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS trunklid for easier access to the car and the trunk. Further, Mercedes-Benz equipped the C-Class with a 7” Color screen or COMAND with navigation touchpad and 7” color screen for swift visibility and connectivity. For entertainment, it comes with a 13-speaker Burmester Surround Sound system for an enjoyable high-quality audio experience.
BMW 5 Series
With age comes improvement and BMW proved this with its 5 Series that is designed to unlock a new set of standards for its competitors for many years till date.
It comes with a spectacular design that can simply be identified by its signature active stream kidney grille, LED headlights offering outstanding visibility and more forward momentum thanks to precise shapes and lines. Driving a BMW comes with pride since it offers dynamics while on the road that cannot go unnoticed. It comes in a range of wheel options from 17” to 20” that in a number of spoke designs.
The 5 series is a sleek, powerful and understated car that is undeniably handsome on the road.
On the interior, BMW equipped the 5-Series with an oriented cockpit coming with a leather steering wheel, drive performance control features, premium materials and precision craftsmanship. Driving the 5 Series is indeed an exceptional experience thanks to its unique features that come with intuitive technologies like the BMW gesture control and innovative touch display.
It offers a spacious interior that accommodates up to 5 people along with a generous storage inside and additionally a boot with great size.The interior welcomes you with ambient LED lighting and a cool climate thanks to its air condition that comes with two-zone control and to top it off are the Aluminium fine cutting Pearl Chrome trims. The cockpit is equipped with a three-spoke sport leather steering, a navigation system, multifunctional digital instrument cluster, automatic transmission with gearshift paddles and heated seats for both the front and back.
C 300 4MATIC: It comes with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine powered by a 241 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque, 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission and acceleration rate from 0-60 mps in 6.0 seconds.
C 350e PLUG-IN HYBRID: This model comes with a rear-wheel drive 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine + plug-in hybrid electric motor engine power by a 275hp, 443 lb-ft of torque, 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with an acceleration rate from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
AMG C 43: This model comes with an AMG Performance 4MATIC with 3-stage ESP, AMG-enhanced 3.0 L V6 biturbo engine powered by a 362 hp, 384 lb-ft of torque, an AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed transmission and an acceleration rate form 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
AMG C 63: This model comes with a rear-wheel drive with 3-stage ESP, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine powered by a 469 hp, 479 lb-ft of torque, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission, and an acceleration rate from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.
AMG C 63 S: This model comes with a rear-wheel drive with 3-stage ESP, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine powered by a 503 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission, and an acceleration rate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
BMW 5 Series
BMW 540: It comes with a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder petrol engine with 340hp (250kW) and 450Nm of torque, an acceleration of 0 – 62mph in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
BMW 530i: It comes with a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 252hp (185kW) and 350Nm of torque, an acceleration of 0 – 62mp in 6.2 seconds, and top speed of 155mph (250km/h).
BMW 530e: It comes with a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor with a combined system output of 252hp (185kW) and 420Nm of torque, an acceleration of 0 – 62mph in 6.2 seconds, and a top speed of 146mph (235km).
BMW 530d / 530d xDrive: It comes with a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine with 265hp (195kW) and 620Nm of torque, an acceleration of 0 – 62mph in 5.7 seconds / xDrive in 5.4 seconds, and a top speed of 155mph (250km/h).
BMW 520d / 520 xDrive: It comes with a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine with 190 hp (140kW) and 400Nm of torque, an acceleration of 0 – 62mph in 7.5 seconds / xDrive in 7.6 seconds, and a top speed: 146mph (238km/h) / xDrive: 144mph (235km/h).
We have exhausted the 2017 BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with a concentration on the interior and exterior designs as well as the engine but the question remains, what car should one go for? Both are outstanding cars that top the markets with no doubt, but the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a sophisticated car thanks to upgrade with significant technology changes which come at a reasonably affordable price. On the other hand, the BMW 5 Series is a sleeker and attractive car suitable for city cruising but comes at a higher price thanks to its prestigious personality. To purchase either of the two cars, be sure to visit BE FORWARD.
Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro