BMW and Mercedes-Benz are two titans of German engineering. Both brands offer cars and SUVs that are designed to look great, whether you're cruising down the Autobahn or going out in Chattanooga, Hixon, or Cleveland, TN.

Which one of these premium automakers has the luxury car that you're looking for? BMW of Chattanooga can help you decide with this breakdown of BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz.

BMW vs Mercedes-Benz: Lineup

Whether you're looking for a luxury car for your commute or an SUV that lets you run errands in style, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have you covered. They can even help you fly down the highway in a sporty coupe or convertible.

If you're the type of driver who likes a lot of options, you'll love what BMW has to offer. In addition to offering seven SUVs and six classes of sedans, you'll also find high-powered options in BMW's M line. Plus, if you'd like to make fewer stops for gas, BMW has you covered there, too. The BMW i3 is a 100% electric compact car, while the BMW i8 offers a hybrid powertrain in a modern-day roadster.

Mercedes-Benz also offers high-powered vehicles, but it doesn't offer as many efficient options. There's a hybrid SUV available, but you won't find anything that's 100% electric or any hybrid sports cars.

BMW vs Mercedes-Benz: Performance

Underneath their refined design, BMW cars and SUVs are prepared to deliver smooth, efficient, and high-powered drives. Take the BMW 5 Series, for example. This midsize sedan is a perfect choice for your daily commute. It's comfortable and gets up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/33 highway MPG.i

You'll have to stop for gas more often in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 350. It can only offer an EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway MPG.[i] 

No matter which brand you're drawn to, you'll find SUVs with the power to get through tough driving conditions, too. Both the BMW X1 and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA can get up to 258 lb-ft of torque, but the BMW has a slight edge with 228 horsepower, while the GLA has just 221 horsepower.

BMW vs Mercedes-Benz: Awards

For over 100 years, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have set the standard in German luxury and performance. Both brands are world-renowned for offering classy, comfortable cars and lots of power under the hood. If you're looking for a luxury car, it's no wonder that you'd be considering these two iconic brands.

With so much to offer, it's natural that these distinguished brands would garner some attention. While their pedigrees have helped them build a solid reputation, BMW has set itself apart by bringing home some hardware, too. This award-winning brand received a total of a six J.D. Power awards in 2020, including:

  • 2020 BMX X6 - Highest Quality Upper Midsize Premium SUV
  • 2020 BMX X4 - Best Performance Compact Premium SUV
  • 2020 BMW 7 Series - Best Performance Large Premium Car
  • 2020 BMW 8 Series - Highest Quality Large Premium Car

There's no doubt that Mercedes-Benz has also earned its status as a high-end luxury brand, but it wasn't able to win any J.D. Power awards.

See How They Stack Up

BMW offers a deep lineup of award-winning luxury cars that are both stylish and efficient. Every model is a terrific option for getting around Chattanooga, Hixon, and Cleveland, TN. If you want to learn more about BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz, contact us or check out our vehicle comparisons.

Once you've made your decision, you can start your search by browsing through our BMW inventory. After you see something that you're interested in, visit BMW of Chattanooga to take a test drive.


[i] EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated MPG to the estimated MPG of other vehicles. You may get different mileage, depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions, and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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