2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport vs. 2017 BMW 528i

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport

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2017 BMW 528i

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport and 2017 BMW 528i are the entry-level models of the E-Class and 5 Series, respectively, and they both ostensibly represent the top of their class. While Edmunds declares that the 2017 E-Class is “one of the most technologically advanced luxury sedans on the road today,” the question on the mind of many is: can the 528i possibly keep up?

Top-Notch Tech

As the Edmunds review indicates, the newly redesigned E-Class has made a big splash with its tech features. COMAND® Navigation and a panoramic 12.3-inch screen (with an optional second 12.3-inch screen) are just the start.

  • The available Head-Up Display lends the model a futuristic air, projecting an image in front of the windshield with information such as your speed, navigation instructions, and cruise control settings.
  • The optional Burmester Premium Sound system leverages 13 speakers, two digital amplifiers, and 590 watts of power to create an incredible audio experience, even compensating for ambient noise. Slashgear gushed about this system creates “cabin-filling dimensionality” to even stereo-encoded tracks.
  • The voice control system makes controlling your phone, media, and navigation easy. This system can even be trained to your speech patterns.

The 2017 BMW 528i certainly doesn’t match the technological splendor of the 2017 E-Class. While it’s admittedly no slouch, BMW won’t give you a Head-Up display, forcing you to take your attention from the road to look at the 10.25-inch display in the center console. BMW certainly doesn’t neglect you in terms of technology, but it fails to match the high bar set by the E 300.

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Performance

As with tech features, performance is comparable—both models will serve you well on trips long and short, whether you’re sticking around Roseville and Lincoln or going far away—but the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 edges out the 2017 BMW 528i once more.

  • Engines: The 528i’s 2.0L 4-cylinder produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, ultimately being edged out by the E 300’s 2.0L 4-cylinder, which offers 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmissions: The 2017 E 300 comes with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that’s focus on seamless shifts, smooth power delivery, and impressive efficiency—and the DYNAMIC SELECT system allows you to alter the vehicle’s shift modes. Once more, the 528i only comes close with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
  • Efficiency, Speed, and Drivetrain: The mpg ratings and 0-60-mph time are nigh identical between these two vehicles. Both models come standard with rear-wheel drive, but are available with all-wheel drive via the E 300’s available 4MATIC® system and the 528i’s available xDrive system.
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Experience the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 for Yourself

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 is, as USA Today says, “a tech wonder,” but it’s not a one-trick pony. See for yourself by taking a test drive at 4747 Granite Drive in Rocklin, CA!