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BMW 5 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

When we compare the BMW 5 Series to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 5 Series has the advantage in the area of interior volume. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the BMW 5 Series versus the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a better car than the BMW 5 Series.

BMW 5 Series versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used BMW 5 Series ranges from $30,881 to $55,735 while a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the same model year range is priced between $28,998 to $47,824. For a new model, the BMW 5 Series's price is between $57,828 and $88,177, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class priced between $45,174 and $57,491.

BMW 5 Series versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW 5 Series is 7.8 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class' quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the BMW 5 Series being ranked 6 out of 8 Best Luxury Midsize Cars for the Money and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class being ranked 3 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW 5 Series’s base engine makes 248 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class base engine makes 255 horsepower. The 5 Series is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 594 miles. The C-Class is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 626 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The BMW 5 Series, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a compact car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room. The BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are comparable in regards to rear head room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 BMW 5 Series

2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$57,828 - $88,177

Used Asking Price:

$30,881 - $55,735

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

59.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$45,174 - $57,491

Used Asking Price:

$28,998 - $47,824

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 29
13 / 29

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 39
7 / 39

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline, Plug-In Hybrid

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

540i xDrive, 530i xDrive, M550i xDrive, 530i, 540i

Trim Levels

AMG C 43, C 300, C 300 4MATIC, AMG C 63 S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

257 foot-lbs @ 1450 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.067 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 33 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

450 / 594 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 36 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

435 / 626 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

14 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

99.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

93.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3783 lbs

Width:

83.7 inches

Height:

58.2 inches

Length:

195.8 inches

Wheelbase:

117.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3825 lbs

Width:

80 inches

Height:

56.6 inches

Length:

187 inches

Wheelbase:

112.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

3.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

245/45R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18