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Monday, July 31, 2006

Mercedes E 500 vs. BMW 550i vs. Lexus GS 450h
This test review that was conducted by the German car magazine- Auto Zeitung. The original article has much more information about the review, but I will only summarize the conclusion. If you do speak German, then head over to their website and read the whole story.
The new Mercedes E-class may have got the looks, but does it have what it takes to take on its fiercest competitor from Bavaria, and the Japanese luxury sedan. The E-class impressed the testers with its comfort, especially on long trips, but the BMW 550i and Lexus GS 450h were not far behind. The new and improved Hybrid technology works in the GS 450h better than in any other hybrid model, and of course the fuel efficiency has been improved too, but what the Lexus lacks over the Germans is that the Trunk volume; It has been decreases due to the Hybrid engine. The Lexus also failed to achieve what Mercedes and BMW did in the breaking category. The E-class, with its stronger engine, takes the Mercedes to the front until 100 km/h, but the 550i takes the lead when they hit the 200km/h mark. Both the E-class and 550i Automatic transmission work fast and without jerking, but when changing the gears down to overtake, the Mercedes transmission did act a bit hectic. The engineers at DaimlerChrysler have done great work to improving the E-class driving dynamics. The steering has also been improved over its predecessor and results in precision driving around curves. According to Auto Zeitung and their unavailable raw data, the E-class won the comparison test over the BMW 550i and Lexus GS 450h.

Mercedes E 500 387 HP/285 kW, RWD, 0-100 km/h in 5.4 sec 250 km/h top speed
BMW 550i 367 HP/270 kW, RWD, 0-100 km/h in 5.6 sec, 250 km/h top speed
Lexus GS 450h 340 HP/250 kW, RWD, 0-100 km/h in 6.3 sec, 250 km/h top speed.
posted by Muamer Hodzic @ 7/31/2006 03:27:00 PM    
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