Mercedes-Benz has taken the executive sedan game to a new level with the launch of the new long-wheelbase E-Class earlier this year. After the range topping E350d, Mercedes introduced the bread and butter version of the E-Class with a four cylinder diesel engine instead of the V6. The E220d directly rivals the BMW 5 Series 520d in the Indian market. While the current BMW is a generation old car, it is due to be replaced very soon by a newer and better car that should be able to give a tough match to the Mercedes in a fair battle.
Dimensions and Styling
The Mercedes E-Class E220d, as we have said before, is offered only with the long wheelbase and hence outnumbers the BMW 5 Series in length as well as cabin space. The Mercedes feels like a limousine and is a perfect fit for those who prefer chauffeur-driven cars. The styling is also somewhat regal with the only funk of it earlier headlamp design also lost in this update.
The BMW is a classic executive sedan. It is long enough and proportionate and provides the occupants with ample cabin space if not abundant. The styling is rather aggressive as compared to the Mercedes with the signature twin corona rings in the front and the kidney grille dominating the fascia.
Interior and Equipment
While the earlier E-Class tried its hand at sportiness in the cabin, the new E-Class goes all out in its forte, which is luxury. While the larger 350d gets all the bells and whistles the E220 comes resplendent with the wood enamelled dashboard, the large display screen for the infotainment system and leather upholstery. The rear seats are adjustable and the cabin space is indulgent.
The BMW 520d, on the other hand, shuns the opulence for the typical German character of all drive and no fuss. It gets all the equipment that the Mercedes E220d has on its list but it will not grab your attention right away. Unlike the Mercedes, the gear lever is still on the floor and you will not need an intercom to speak to the rear passenger.
Engine and Performance
The Mercedes E220d debuts the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel in India to replace the 2143cc work horse. While the new engine offers 194bhp of power and 400Nm of torque, slightly more than its predecessor, more importantly, with the displacement under 2000cc, it also provides immunity from the green tribunals.
The BMW 520d always had a 2.0-litre inline four cylinder turbodiesel and the new 5 Series will continue to have the same. The power output might be slightly higher than the current 190bhp of power, almost matching the E-Class, spec to spec. But the 5 Series will have the performance advantage of its weight and size allowing the German car maker to stick to its enthusiast roots.
The Mercedes E220d at Rs 57.14 lakh offers limousine-like space and luxury with a new and frugal 2.0-litre engine. While it will try to spoil you with comfort, the driving enthusiast will always know the bulk it is carrying. The BMW 520d, on the other hand, will give you the joy of driving if you are ready to not indulge yourself in comfort. And then, we have the all-new 5 series in store, which is expected to debut quite soon. So, if you haven’t already made your buying decision, you can hold on to it for a bit more.