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The BMW 5 Series is the best prestigious saloon on the planet, or so my friend claims.

By Stephen Turvil
Jun 25, 2012
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The BMW 5 Series is the best prestigious saloon on the planet, or so my friend claims. His brother, however, strongly believes the Mercedes-Benz E-Class “wipes the floor” with its long standing rival. And their father claims that the Jaguar XF trumps both these German saloons. Guess what? My friend's mother is now sick of the rows, and has challenged me to “sort out” this family feud before everyone falls out and cancels Christmas. No pressure.

The family has agreed that we will only evaluate the entry-levels models, specifically the BMW 520i SE, the Mercedes-Benz E200 CDI BlueEfficiency, and the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel SE. These cost £31,195, £29,125, and £29,995 respectively. Right, power. Here the BMW has the advantage. Its 2.0-litre engine produces 184bhp, whereas the 2.2-litre E-Class and the 2.2-litre XF only have 134bhp and 163bhp respectively. As such, the 5 Series hits 62mph in 7.9 seconds – whereas its rivals require 10.2 and 10.5 seconds. Points for BMW.

Business users or company car drivers will find deals on all models with the E Class starting at £349 a month, the 5 series at £311 a month, and the Jaguar XF from £369 a month based on 3 payments down on a contract hire deal. There are also fantastic deals for private driver's find them on our new car search here.

That brings the rowing family to running costs. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel scores heavily here. It averages an impressive 55.4mpg, after all, whereas the Jaguar Diesel only manages 52.3mpg. The BMW – thanks to its extra power and petrol engine – only manages 41.5mpg. The E-Class also has the lowest emissions, which equates to the cheapest tax disc. And, as previously established, the E-Class has the lowest sticker price.

Now, there is no point in comparing handling - they all drive superbly. Furthermore, these saloons all have fantastic ride quality, plenty of toys, and high-quality construction. But we can evaluate style. Here the Jaguar XF crushes its opponents. This new-kid-on-the-block looks fresh and sharp, whereas its rivals have looked similar for years. So, let us put this family feud to bed. The BMW is the fastest, the Mercedes-Benz the most fuel efficient, and the Jaguar is the most attractive. They are all, in other words, tremendous machines – and which is best depends on your criteria. Does that mean we can have Christmas this year?

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By Stephen Turvil
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