BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes E-Class: LWB dimensions comparison


BMW is scheduled to launch the long-wheelbase 5 Series in India for the first time on July 24, making our market the only right-hand-drive one to feature the LWB version of the luxury sedan. Mercedes, on the other hand, has had the long-wheelbase E-Class on sale for quite a while now and is scheduled to bring in the next-gen model around this festive. To see which one of these limousines have the edge in terms of size, we’ve line-up the eight-gen 5 Series LWB with its main rival, the upcoming sixth-gen E-Class, on paper. For added perspective, we also have the current E-Class, and the recently launched BMW i5 featured.

Do note that the dimensions for the new E-Class are for the model on sale in China and may change slightly on the India-spec car.

2024 BMW 5 Series vs rivals: Dimensions
5 Series LWB i5 Upcoming E-Class Outgoing E-Class
Length 5175mm 5060mm 5092mm 5075mm
Width 1900mm 1900mm 1880mm 1860mm
Height 1520mm 1505mm 1493mm 1495mm
Wheelbase 3105mm 2995mm 3094mm 3079mm
Wheel size 18 to 19-inch 20-inch 18 to 20-inch 18-inch

Internationally, The BMW 5 Series and i5 are essentially the same model – naturally with different powertrains – but in India, the sedans will have different wheelbase lengths. The all-electric i5 has been brought in as a CBU and comes with the standard 2,995mm-long wheelbase, while the 5 Series LWB features 3,105mm between the wheels. Despite having a similar width, the LWB model is 115mm longer, 15mm taller and has a wheelbase that is 110mm longer.

When compared to the current Merc E-Class, the i5 trails by a small margin in terms of length (15mm) and wheelbase (84mm), but is 40mm wider and 10mm taller. In fact, even when compared to the next-gen E-Class, the BMWs are wider and taller. However, it is the new 5 Series LWB that has the largest dimensions overall, with the sixth-gen E-Class trailing by 83mm in length, 20mm in width, 27mm in height and 11mm in the wheelbase.

While this would indicate that the new 5 Series LWB is roomier on the inside, it should be noted that despite being 83mm shorter overall, the new E-Class’ wheelbase is only 11mm shorter than the long-wheelbase BMW, implying that the Merc has shorter front and rear overhangs.

We’ll have to bring to the two together when they arrive to know with certainty, but on paper, it seems like the Merc’s E-Class will finally have a rival that more than matches it, at least on size. The 5 Series LWB price announcement is scheduled for July 24, and we expect it to cost around Rs 80 lakh, ex-showroom.

Also see:

BMW 5 Series LWB walkaround video

BMW 1 Series gets major styling overhaul

Feature: Testing Vredestein's new tyres on a BMW X5

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