BMW 530e vs Mercedes E 300 e: safety and reliability
Mercedes is slightly ahead in terms of standard safety kit, but both brands have poorer owner satisfaction than you'd expect
Both cars get a host of active safety aids, including autonomous emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, rear parking sensors and excellent automatic LED headlights.
The Mercedes goes one better with blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance as standard; these are part of an £895 pack on the BMW, and the Mercedes also gets a reversing camera that costs £375 on the 530e.
Sadly, adaptive cruise control is an expensive option on both cars, and neither can be had with a space-saver spare wheel – it's tyre repair kits only.
BMW finished a poor 25th place in our sister title Auto Express' Driver Power 2019 customer satisfaction survey, but Mercedes was only one place lower last year, so the ownership experience should be similar.
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 & practicalityBMW wins this category easily thanks to the Mercedes' awkwardly shaped boot intrusion
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingMercedes 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