Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW M3 VS 2015 Mercedes E63 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW M3

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2015 Mercedes E63

Safety Comparison

Both the M3 and the E63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The M3’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the E63’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E63.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the M3 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the E63 Sedan (17 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The M3 stops much shorter than the E63:



80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The M3 handles at .98 G’s, while the E63 AMG S-Model Sedan pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW M3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1100 pounds less than the Mercedes E63.

The M3 is 7.6 inches shorter than the E63 Sedan, making the M3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The M3 has 2.4 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the E63 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the M3’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The E63’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The M3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The E63 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The E63 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The M3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E63 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M3’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The E63 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 21 years. The E Class has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 19 years. The E Class has never been an “All Star.”

The 3 Series was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2006 Car of the Year. The E Class has never been chosen.

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