2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport vs. 2017 BMW 528i

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport has set a new standard for its class, with Edmunds hailing it as “one of the most advanced luxury sedans on the road today.” Segment-leaders always attract a ton of attention from competitors, though, so it’s no surprise that BMW has unleashed a strong entry in the form of the 2017 BMW 528i. While BMW’s model comes close, the Mercedes-Benz continually edges it out.

Top-Notch Tech

Edmunds waxed poetic about the technology in the E-Class, and the E 300—though it’s a base model—makes it easy to see why. Here’s a small selection of the tech features you’ll find in this model:

  • COMAND® Navigation: Your gateway to entertainment, navigation, and other features. The intuitive touchpad and rotary knob make controlling multimedia functions easy.
  • Panoramic 12.3-Inch Screen: This central display makes it easy to customize a plethora of vehicle settings, using either the touchpad controller or the Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel. You also have the option of adding a second 12.3-inch screen to serve as a customizable instrument cluster.
  • Head-Up Display: Displays necessary information in front of the windshield, including things like your current speed, directions, and the settings of your cruise control system. This makes it easy to keep your eyes on the roads of Nassau County and the rest of Long Island.
  • Voice Control System: Keep your eyes on the road by controlling phone, audio, and navigation functions with your voice. It’s even possible for this system to be trained to your specific speech patterns.

We admit that the 2017 BMW 528i is no slouch when it comes to tech, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sport. You won’t find a Head-Up Display in the BMW, for instance, forcing you to take your attention from the road to look at vital vehicle information. The BMW also only offers a 10.25-inch display in the center console—almost two inches smaller than the one in the Mercedes-Benz.

Performance

Similar to how these two models measure up in terms of tech, their performance credentials come close, but the Mercedes-Benz once again has the edge.

The powertrains speak to this. While the mpg ratings and 0-60-mpg time are nearly identical, the Mercedes-Benz just offers a little more:

  • The 528i’s base engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that offers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The E 300 Sport just gets more out of its own 2.0L four-cylinder, which gives you 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. You can also add 4MATIC® AWD.
  • The BMW 528i comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 comes with a nine-speed model: a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that’s built to offer smooth power and impressive efficiency—and it even comes with a DYNAMIC SELECT system that lets you change the vehicle’s shift modes.

Drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Today

USA Today calls it “a tech wonder,” but you need to spend some time behind the wheel to get a sense of just how true that is. To drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 today, come to Mercedes-Benz of Rockville Centre at 650 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, NY.