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Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW

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Is the Mercedes-Benz or BMW Right for You?

Let us begin this blog by saying that Mercedes-Benz and BMW are both incredible brands that make exceptional vehicles. Each has a storied history, and each continues to push the bounds of performance, technology, and luxury year after year. Better yet, both are available at Shortline EuroCars.

When it comes time to make a choice on your next vehicle, however, decisions must be made. If you’re searching for pre-owned luxury cars, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are probably near the top of your list. To help you make the choice that is right for you, here’s a few things to consider when comparing Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW.

Performance or luxury?

Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW deliver when it comes to performance and luxury, but from a perception standpoint, Mercedes-Benz is known more for its elegance and prestige where BMW vehicles are better known for their driving dynamics.

Performance lineups

If you’re looking for top-tier performance, both brands offer specific performance lineups. For Mercedes-Benz, it’s the AMG lineup, which has introduced models specifically built for performance in recent years, like the Mercedes-AMG GT. BMW carries the M Series, which is short for motorsport, and provides direct competition for AMG models. Both feature finely-tuned engines and performance parts, and both will provide the driving experience of a lifetime.

Mercedes-Benz is currently king, but BMW isn’t far behind

A report in January of this year stated that Mercedes-Benz led the world of luxury cars by selling 340,237 vehicles in the United States in 2016. However, it took the crown from BMW, which led the US in total volume sales in 2015.

Reliability grades

According to J.D. Power, which provides an automotive dependability study each year, Mercedes-Benz owners reported fewer problems than BMW owners, but the two were close, with BMW finishing two spots behind with just 8 more problems reported per 100 vehicles sold.

Unless you’re loyal to one brand or the other, your best bet is to get a feel for each vehicle you’re considering with a test drive. At Shortline EuroCars, we provide the best selection of pre-owned luxury imports in the area. With both Mercedes-Benz and BMW models in stock, we invite you to stop in for your own comparison.