BMW 530e vs Mercedes E 300 e: space and practicality
BMW wins this category easily thanks to the Mercedes' awkwardly shaped boot intrusion
This is an easy one: the BMW takes it. While the boot capacity on paper doesn’t seem to differ much between the two, the Mercedes' 370-litre boot is even less useful than it sounds due to a huge raised ledge to accommodate the batteries. It’s so intrusive that it’s difficult to load even a couple of airline cabin-size bags.
The BMW’s official boot capacity of 410 litres doesn’t look like much more in principle, but a flat floor makes it a far more usable space.
At least both offer some underfloor storage to keep your cables in. Both have plenty of room in the back for two tall adults, and decent space for storing paraphernalia out of sight up front.
In This Review
- 1IntroductionIt doesn’t get more established in the executive-car class than the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, so which petrol plug-in hybrid is best?
- 2Range, charging & fuel economyThe BMW goes further in electric mode, while the Mercedes has it beaten for real-world fuel economy – but not by much
- 3Running costs & warrantyFor private buyers, the BMW is available for significantly less per month on finance
- 4Performance & handlingThe BMW is the clear winner for driving enjoyment, but both are superb long-distance cruisers
- 5Interior & infotainmentThese are two fantastic cars to spend time in, but the BMW's better infotainment system sees it edge ahead
- 6Space & practicality - currently readingBMW wins this category easily thanks to the Mercedes' awkwardly shaped boot intrusion
- 7Safety & reliabilityMercedes is slightly ahead in terms of standard safety kit, but both brands have poorer owner satisfaction than you'd expect
- 8Verdict & specificationsThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid is an impressive car, but the BMW 530e outshines it in a number of key areas