News / Auto Review – BMW VS MERCEDES – WHICH BRAND IS BETTER FOR 2022? Folks always mention that if you want a luxury automobile, always buy German. It’s an overly succinct answer that leaves people with more questions. However, it’s fair to say that contemporary German cars deserve plaudits for maintaining such a high standard of automotive luxury. Nevertheless, when it comes to the topic of German luxury, two marques in particular pop into mind – BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Both of them are archetypal of German quality and are bywords for German luxury and engineering in their own rights. Given that both carmakers produce desirable cars, this immediately begs the question – “Do I go BMW or Mercedes-Benz?”. Regardless, this leaves you pondering to yourself whether to go for the former or latter. Here’s a bit of an overview into one of the most enduring automotive rivalries that have helped advance automotive engineering in the past century. BMW VS MERCEDES-BENZ: CARS THEY MAKE Being some of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, BMW and Mercedes both produces a broad range of cars that are developed to appease to a diverse range of consumers. In fact, to this date, both BMW and Mercedes have delved into some properly niche market segment. Most notably of late are their respective ventures into the world of electrification. Both marques have introduced hybrid and full EVs aplenty, as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have already pushed out hybrid variants of their bestsellers ages ago.
- This proves that both brands willingly progress for the inevitable EV age.
- Some of BMW’s strangest, quirkiest creations come from their electric lineup, the i-series of cars.
- Touting the ethos of sustained mobility, BMW’s all-electric lineup is forward-thinking.
- When you consider that the original BMW i3 came out all the way back in 2013.
This is back when full-EV cars were still in its infancy as the technology and infrastructure, in general, were largely conceptual. It’s not all bleak, monotonous electric and hybrids it makes though. BMW also produces the i8, one of the first commercially available small-engine hybrid sportscar. Recently, it has also brought back the 8 Series moniker, in the form of the stupendous new ‘G14/G15/G16′ 8 Series. Of course, BMW is also an artisan in the classic longitudinal, rear-wheel-drive layout of cars. It has stuck with the concept ever since its inception. Until recently, it’s one of the last manufacturers to produce a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive hatchback – the F20/F21 1 Series. Some argue that the inline-6 1-series are the last great driver’s hatch to be produced in modern times. Undoubtedly, BMW owns one of the most venerable letters in the world – ‘M’. Being BMW’s revered performance division, when the M letter is emblazoned on a BMW you know it’s got to be something spectacular. It’s not all about tyre-smoking prowess though, as BMW also produces normal front-engine front-wheel-drive cars for the masses. Then there’s the usual lineup of BMW cars, from the compact executive 3 Series to the full-fat 7 Series luxobarge. Multiple engines are also available for each model, depending on where you live. For the extra-affluent, BMW also has Rolls-Royce for their ultra-luxurious lineup.
- Mercedes-Benz is slower to the curve when it comes to full-EVs, but it has recently brought out major developments in the form of EQ mobility.
- In fact, it’s working towards electrifying all of its cars and propagating mild-hybrid technology throughout its range.
- It has also recently introduced full-EVs such as the EQC and EQV, with many more Mercedes EQ models in the pipeline.
Over the years, Mercedes has really diversified its range of cars. And let’s not downplay their contribution to the commercial world, as BMW, in contrast, has no commercial vehicle presence at all. Mercedes-Benz also has its own skunkworks in the form of AMG. Over the years, much like the M-division, AMG has graced the world with some properly manic concoctions, such as the CLK DTM AMG, R129 SL73 AMG, SLS AMG, and the list spans endlessly. Most recently AMG’s efforts have culminated in their magnum opus, the Mercedes-AMG One, an F1-road car hybrid from the madman’s fantasy. Mercedes’s normal lineup of cars is encompassing. From the A-Class family hatch all the way to the S-Class luxury saloon. Although recently streamlined, you can still buy multiple variations of a certain model, with availability subjected to regional differences. For ultra-luxury, you’d be looking at Mercedes-Maybach models. Therefore, both companies are rather even when it comes to cars the produce. While Mercedes-Benz makes the X-Class pickup, news are that it’ll be discontinued soon. That said, Mercedes-Benz is at the forefront when it comes to commercial vehicle production, and that’s really a segment BMW hasn’t explored at all.
BMW VS MERCEDES-BENZ: RELIABILITY This is the hot topic whenever there’s a discussion between BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even other German brands like Audi and Volkswagen – vehicle reliability, or lack thereof. Whenever you mention German luxury, people will disclose their own tales of woe from owning a German car.
Certainly, there are examples of German cars breaking down the moment it leaves the showroom. However, the same story can be told about Japanese or even American luxury cars. The truth is that when you’re investing in the notion of utmost luxury, you are demanding complications and experimental engineering that’s not industrially applied yet. Manufacturers dedicate unfathomable time and resources into development to implement the hottest technology available into their cars. More links in the chain mean there are more to fail. It gives the impression that luxobarge breaks down more often and sooner. The benefit is that these breakthrough technologies eventually trickle down into the basic models, then become widespread amongst manufacturers. But if you take a look at another survey done by WhatCar, Mercedes-Benz is behind BMW. On the UK Reliability Index, both makes are on par with each other. It’s inconclusive but fair to say that both manufacturers perform comparably when it comes to reliability. Mercedes-Benz and BMW were the benchmarks for reliability half a century ago. Over time though, consumer demands for higher standards of technology and luxury have rendered this reputation impertinent. A reasonable conjecture can be understood here then, if you’re after reliability, look elsewhere. Both manufacturers struggle to score favourably in most brand reliability surveys. Playing devil’s advocate, it’s worth noting that in JD Power’s 2019 Customer Service Index (CSI) Study both Mercedes-Benz and BMW finishes on the podium. This is in the Premium Brand segment, with Audi taking the lead. BMW VS MERCEDES-BENZ: DESIGN AND QUALITY In terms of design philosophy, both marques adhere to their own ethos. When it comes to BMW, we’ve seen the design alter from the original and timeless ‘Sharknose’ to the modern-day ‘kidney grille’. It represents BMW’s idea of dynamism and constant motion. The positioning is subtly modified for varying models. However, there are elements that you might’ve not noticed, yet BMW has stuck with for decades. Things like the ‘Hofmeister Kink’, a distinctive counter-curve at the C-pillar. All BMWs also have a crease line that courses through the entire side profile and a muscular aft end. When it comes to Mercedes-Benz though, svelte yet imposing design is the motto. Mercedes-Benz dubs their design language ‘Sensual Purity’, and it denotes their take on modern luxury. What it essentially means is fewer creases, sharp edges and abrupt lines, all in the pursuit for veritable elegance. Mercedes-Benz has always been the one who always proudly displays their badge for all to see. However, one model truly epitomises their notion – the S-Class. Over the years, the S-Class has always been understated, yet somehow exudes incredible road presence. It’s also enticing to see Mercedes-Benz finally experimenting with their ‘Panamericana’ grille nowadays. This harkens back to the legendary W194 300 SL, Mercedes’s incredibly successful road racer. Move onto the interior, and both manufacturers won’t disappoint you with the quality. Fit and finish is the name of the game if one wants to remain on top, and lacklustre quality isn’t acceptable at this level. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz presents a remarkable interior design and material choice. The W222 S-Class, in particular, presented the world with a new take on interior design. Introduced all the way back in 2013, it was one of the first car interiors that really made clever use of its construction and ambient lighting to present a theatre whenever you opened the doors. Come to the E-Class or S-Class though, Mercedes-Benz is exemplary. Everywhere you touch it feels properly built, and the execution deserves plaudits. Of course, BMW’s interiors are worthy of mention too, but Mercedes is truly outstanding when it comes to vehicle interiors. When it comes to their basic models, I reckon BMW is superior when it comes to the driving experience. BMW has always been the driver’s car, and it has long been said that the ultimate driver’s sportscar is the BMW M3. But then the normal 3 and 5-series got so good that some hesitate to recommend the extra cost of an M car. Both manufacturers have it close with their performance-imbued models. Courtesy to their performance subdivision, both of them has presented the world with some truly intriguing creations. The new AMGs are true rocketships, such as the latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S which is actually faster than the BMW M4 around the Nürburgring. Of course, it boasts a mighty turbocharged inline-4 that puts out over 400 horsepower and nigh 500 Nm of torque. They also produce some properly rapid drivers with their signature 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that’s used across the 63 range and GT models. It’s always giggle-inducing to see the C63 S estate, a 4,000 lbs car that accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds. With all that said, people will rebuke with BMW M-division’s excellent résumé. Make no mistake, the folks over at M has churned out plenty of excellent cars over the years, and I’d say that BMW still remains a connoisseur at manufacturing inline-6 engines. However, BMW still doesn’t have a real answer to the Mercedes-AMG GT lineup of cars, with the M8 being more comparable to the S-Class Coupe. But Mercedes-Benz has long forsaken manual in the AMG models, and the BMW M2 and M4 can still be found with a manual nowadays. Indeed, across numerous insurance rate comparisons, cars manufactured by BMW and Mercedes-Benz tend to make the list. That’s with all the other supercars and luxury cars. There’s really no way around it, if you own a German luxury car, expect to spend a lot to insure it.
- If there’s any consolation, they are also amongst the safest car you can buy.
- In the latest Euro NCAP rating, Mercedes-Benz models all score admirably in their tests, with some BMW models also taking the top spots.
- Regardless, they’re all 5-star Euro NCAP safety rated.
- Both the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and BMW 3 Series are both best in their respective class.
The latest 3 Series scores 97% for adult occupancy protection and 87% for child protection and road user protection. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is laudable in how well it performs as a small family car – 96% for adult occupancy safety and 91% for both pedestrian safety and child occupancy protection.
In addition to the deftly thought out design and engineering to make their cars as safe as possible in the event of a collision, both manufacturers also sport copious collision aversion systems. Mercedes-Benz, in particular, is an early adopter of collision avoidance technology. Their signature PRE-SAFE system was introduced all the way back in 2002, and has evolved over the years.
Prevention is the safest option. BMW VS MERCEDES-BENZ: HALO CARS Here’s a short break from all the serious talk, which company makes the best halo car? Of course, the highest-end BMW and Mercedes-Benz is inaccessible for majority of the population, but it impacts brand perception to a degree. Right now though there’s really nothing terrific from BMW just yet. A few years prior, it’s arguably the i8, a hundred grand worth of brilliantly engineered hybrid mid-engine grand tourer. But nowadays it’s probably the M8, the best sports grand tourer BMW can imagine. For Mercedes, it’s eminently the AMG GTR, a firebreathing record-setting track monster most famously seen in green, navigating The Green Hell. On the front of the grin-factor, the i8 would have trouble topping the AMG GTR. What if we instead take a page out of their history? Both sides have come out with some incredible homologation specials that I’d imagine anyone would struggle to pick between. BMW has the 3.0 CSL, the E46 M3, M1, Z8, E30 M3 Evolution II, etc. Right now, they also have the M4 GTS that’s worthy of note. Mercedes touts the SLR McLaren, CLK DTM AMG, CLK GTR, SLS AMG, 300 SEL 6.3, 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth, SL ‘Pagoda’, the SL ‘Gullwing’ and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG Project One. All very attractive propositions. It’s very subjective, but Mercedes has indeed introduced more prominent poster children in the past. For me though, I still reckon the 3.0 CSL takes the cake, simply because it boasts an impressive history with a cool look, and it’s not entirely out of the picture that one could own a BMW E9 which still looks like the 3.0 CSL. And both manufacturers have built up their own ardent fanbase over time, with a cult following on both sides. Chances are that it’s the brand and make that actually draws the buyers in, rather than the vehicle’s actual value. That said if you have the money to spend on either a BMW or Mercedes, it’s very hard to go wrong with any model in their range nowadays. But it’s a general rule of thumb that if you want something sportier, stick to BMW; but if you want something premium and classy, Mercedes-Benz may suit you better. One thing is for sure though, you won’t be disappointed by whichever car you end up with. As of late, Mercedes-Benz and BMW has really set the bar high for what a basic luxury car should offer and feel. Which one’s more reliable Mercedes-Benz or BMW? Back in the olden days, both Mercedes-Benz and BMW was known as the paragons for well-built, reliable luxury cars. Nowadays though, due to complex electronics and increasing demand from consumers, these are bygone days. However, it’s safe to say that the mechanical bit of the cars, with regular maintenance, ought to be decently reliable. Which is more expensive, BMW or Mercedes-Benz? This is a difficult question to answer, as it heavily depends upon the variant and specs you chose for the car.
On average though, Mercedes-Benz models typically come out to be more expensive if comparably specced. Is Mercedes-Benz the same as BMW? In some ways it may be increasingly difficult to differentiate, but really BMW tends to be a bit more on the sporty side. Mercedes-Benz has always put more emphasis on offering luxurious comfort, and other than the ‘sport’ models, that still applies.
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- 1 Is Mercedes better than BMW?
- 2 Which lasts longer BMW or Mercedes?
- 3 Is owning a BMW worth it?
- 4 Are BMW expensive to repair?
Is Mercedes better than BMW?
BMW or Mercedes: Which is better? – If you are looking for attainable luxury, few cars can compete with BMW or Mercedes and both manufacturers are pretty neck and neck in comparison. While we have given BMW the slight edge in this guide, ultimately the choice is yours: we think BMW offers a better driving experience and range of models to suit all tastes but at the same time Mercedes offers better driver comfort and technology. Shabana Adam 14th November 2022 Shabana Adam 11th November 2022 Neil Thomason 9th November 2022 Shabana Adam 7th November 2022 Gareth Woods 7th November 2022 Gareth Woods 31st October 2022
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Which brand is more expensive BMW or Mercedes?
Which Brand Comes Out On Top? – Looking at BMW vs. Mercedes, the clear winner has to be Mercedes. Even though they are the more expensive brand, they hold value longer and are easier to insure and repair. They also offer an impressive suite of safety features really not matched by another brand in their price bracket.
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Which lasts longer BMW or Mercedes?
Who are BMW and Mercedes-Benz? – Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz hail from Germany, but what else do you know about the premium automakers? Which came first, and have they always made cars? Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, better known as BMW, is based in Munich.
- It started life in 1916 as makers of aircraft engines.
- In the 1920s, BMW began producing motorcycles, and its first car came off the assembly line in 1928.
- Things began to really take off in the 1950s with the sedan BMW 501.
- From there the range expanded to also include coupes and convertibles.
- In the 60s, the New Class range of sports sedans firmly established the brand.
Then came the 5 Series mid-sized sedan in 1972, still a firm favorite today and the first of their legendary numbered series. Fast forward to the present and BMW is looking to the future, with the sub-brand BMW i making a range of acclaimed electric and hybrid cars.
- The history of Mercedes-Benz stretches back into the 19th century.
- In 1886, engineer Karl Benz made history, creating the ‘Motorwagen’ – the world’s first motor car.
- The very first ‘Merc’ was unveiled in 1901, and eight years later the famous three-pointed star became the company’s trademark.1926 saw the first Mercedes-Benz branded vehicles go on sale.
Over the decades the manufacturer released many popular models, and created its S-Class designation for its best models in 1972. The S-Class remains the flagship Merc. The luxury C-Class range began in 1993, and from 2019 onwards, Mercedes began making innovative electric cars with the EQ range.
- BMW VS Mercedes-Benz: Reliability Both BMW and Mercedes are renowned for high-class, high-performance cars – but due to the complexity of the engineering, this can mean expensive repair work should anything go wrong. The J.D.
- Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study assessed 2018 models of the world’s most famous brands, noting number of problems per 100 vehicles.
BMW came 11th with a score of 108 issues. Mercedes-Benz ranked 15th with 122. So it’s very close, but BMW looks to fare best of the two for reliability. BMW VS Mercedes-Benz: Safety When it comes to car safety features and technology, both the German heavyweights excel.
- BMW and Mercedes all regularly score four or five out of five in NHTSA safety ratings.
- In BMWs, like the 3 Series, you can expect to find frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation, rear cross traffic alerts and Parking Assistant Plus with surround view cameras.
- It’s not just technology that keeps BMW owners safe – these cars are equipped with tough body shells to protect drivers and passengers and have side impact protection.
As for Mercedes, C-Class models boast features including active brake assist, blind spot assist with exit warning assist and an advanced tire pressure monitoring system. All luxury Mercs come with PRE SAFE technology, making them among the safest cars in the world.
- This includes night view assist, to make hidden dangers more visible.
- BMW VS Mercedes-Benz: Performance Both BMW’s 2021 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class are popular sedans, powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines at entry level.
- When it comes to MPG, BMW inches it, with 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on highways.
The Merc manages 22 MPG in the city and 31 on the highway. BMW VS Mercedes-Benz: Design From its famous kidney grille to muscular aft end, BMWs exude quality on and off the road. BMW makes some of the most beautiful cars in the world. As does Mercedes, of course.
The company talks of ‘Sensual Purity’ in its design, which mostly means removing sharp edges and lines, creating smooth, elegant sedans, coupes and SUVs. Understated, but with a unique presence, Mercs truly stand out. When it comes to interior design, BMW and Mercedes-Benz go all out with the wow factor, sculpting gorgeous, luxurious cockpits and passenger seats, with state-of-the-art infotainment systems.
Both brands feature heated seats, touchscreens, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and booming, high-quality speakers – nobody loses here. BMW VS Mercedes-Benz: Variety BMW’s Series models, numbered 1-8, come as coupes and sedans of differing shapes and sizes.
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Which is cheaper to maintain BMW or Mercedes?
Reducing BMW maintenance costs – The number one way to reduce maintenance costs on your vehicle is to service it as soon as the vehicle’s computer requests you to do so. Maintaining a diligent and habitual service schedule can help eliminate the need for costly repairs in the future by identifying current or potential problems early on. BMW has been regarded for maintaining top ranking customer loyalty of any car brand across the world. While many believe you can’t put a price on performance; the cost of ownership and maintenance of ” The Ultimate Driving Machine” is higher than most would anticipate or expect.
If you bought your BMW from the dealer, the vehicle should come with a three-year, 36,000-mile manufacturer guarantee/warranty for service called “BMW Ultimate Care.” All of the scheduled services (including the first spark-plug replacement) are free under BMW Ultimate Care. Ultimate Care is valid for vehicles from 2017 and newer and can be extended for up to 7 years/125,000 miles for an additional fee.
BMW also options consumers with multiple different plans that cover various levels of maintenance in turn, aiding in owner being able to budget accordingly. After the manufacturer warranty runs out, BMWs are more expensive to maintain than other brands – even other luxury brands. According to experts, BMWs do not break down more often than other cars. In fact, BMWs are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to reliability. According to sources like “RepairPal,” the average BMW needs to visit a mechanic for unscheduled maintenance 0.9 times per year – which falls right along with the industry average.
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Is BMW safer than Mercedes?
BMW or Mercedes: How are They the Same? – Before we delve into the specifics of each brand, it’s important to note several similarities between the two exist. Additionally, when it comes to these resemblances, both automakers shine like gold. For self-explanatory reasons, both automakers have noticed the same things sell well: specifically, a smooth ride, excellent seating, and high-end materials to detail the body of each of their cars.
Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have proven to be top-of-the-line options in this niche car market, and both have put a heavy emphasis on interior design and comfort overall. They also owe this success in their respective markets to their forward-thinking approach to auto-inspired technology. Each automaker has a vast collection of incredibly safe vehicles, with Mercedes-Benz being a standout in this arena.
Although BMW has received high scores for their vehicles’ road handling, Mercedes’ PRE SAFE technology puts it a step above the rest.
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What is the best car in the world?
Top 10 cars in the world – Overall
|Name||Top Speed||0-100 kmh|
|Ford GT||348 kmh/216 mph||3.3 seconds|
|Lamborghini Aventador SVJ||350 kmh/217 mph||2.8 seconds|
|Aston Martin Valhalla||354 kmh/220 mph||2.5 seconds|
|Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+||482.80 kmh/300 mph||2.4 seconds|
Who is faster BMW or Mercedes?
Drivetrain and performance – The name of the game here is turbocharged V8. The BMW’s S63 4.4-liter engine makes 600 horsepower, or 617 hp if you opt for the Competition trim. The Mercedes-AMG unit is smaller at just 4.0 liters, but makes more power at 639 hp in GT63 S trim, or 577 hp for the standard GT63.
- The Audi is no slouch, but can’t crack the 600-hp mark, despite also using a 4.0-liter V8.
- The Porsche is the least powerful car of the group, interestingly, with just 550 hp on tap, though to be fair, this isn’t the top-tier Panamera we’re talking about.
- Since the Turbo S E-Hybrid uses a different, electrified powertrain, we’re excluding it from this comparison.) The transmissions are also similar.
Both the BMW and the Audi use eight-speed automatic transmissions, while the Mercedes’ auto is a nine-speed. The Porsche is the only vehicle in the field with a real-deal dual-clutch transmission (now with eight forward gears), and it’s a honey of a gearbox.
- All of our lovely contestants are packing all-wheel drive, which means that all of them can make the sprint to 60 mph at near-nosebleed-inducing speeds.
- The M8 Gran Coupe is the quickest, at 3.1 seconds for the standard car and 3.0 for the Competition, but the Mercedes isn’t far behind.
- The GT63 will hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, while the S version does it in 3.1.
The RS7, meanwhile, will do this sprint in a slower-but-not-exactly-slow 3.6 seconds, and the Porsche will match that. We live in America, with no unrestricted highways on which to drive, so top speed is a basically irrelevant metric for performance. Still, it’s worth pointing out that the Mercedes-AMG will do a frankly silly 195 mph, and the Audi isn’t far behind, hitting the proverbial wall at 190.
|Engine||Power (hp)||Torque (lb-ft)||0-60 mph (seconds)||Top speed (mph)|
|2020 Audi RS7||4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8||592||590||3.6||190|
|2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe||4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8||600/617||553||3.1/3.0||190|
|2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 4-Door||4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8||577/639||590/664||3.3/3.1||195|
|2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo||4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8||550||567||3.6||190|
Is owning a BMW worth it?
BMW cars are known for their performance. They regularly place high on review charts, thanks to their powerful engines, superior horsepower, agility, and overall driving experience. No matter what class of vehicle it is, BMW tunes every model’s driving dynamics to perfection.
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Are BMW expensive to repair?
How Expensive Is It to Maintain a BMW? – Since 1916, this German automaker has become one of the most well-recognized vehicle brands worldwide. Because of this widespread popularity, everyone from everyday drivers, celebrities, and even the world’s most famous spy have all enjoyed the various high-end luxury vehicles offered by BMW.
- In fact, the U.S.
- Saw 243,613 BMWs sold between January 1 and October 1, 2021, alone! In total, BMW offers up to 16 different styles of vehicles, ranging from the X1 series to the high-performing BMW M series.
- However, as BMWs are luxury vehicles, they will be more expensive to maintain and repair than other makes and models.
BMW owners can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 to $1,700 for overall maintenance and repairs each year. While there are many BMW styles to choose from, some of the most popular include:
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Why do people choose BMW over Mercedes?
Performance, Safety, and Quality – Simply put, BMW offers the best performance, safety, and quality out of any luxury car brand, giving drivers nearly infinite reasons to buy a BMW as opposed to a vehicle from another manufacturer. Once you own your first BMW, you will never want to own a vehicle from another brand again.
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What is the most sold car?
The Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car model in 2021, topping 1.1 million sales. It was followed closely by another Toyota model, the RAV4. Best-selling passenger car worldwide in 2021 (in million units)
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What is the number 1 selling vehicle?
2021 U.S. Auto Sales By Brand: Toyota/Lexus Outsell GM – Tesla had the biggest 2021 increase among brands with more than 50,000 sales, up 71.4% over 2020, with 352,471 sales, according to Motor Intelligence. Tesla now ranks 13th among 44 brands. Genesis sales tripled to 49,621 and Bentley sales doubled to 3,350.
- Among multi-brand companies, Toyota Motor topped General Motors for the No.1 sales position.
- Bill Howard U.S.
- Automobile sales in 2021 were up a bit (3.4%) over 2020 but down about 2.5 million vehicles compared to the best year ever in the U.S., 2017, when 17.5 million vehicles were sold.
- For the first time ever, an international automaker, Toyota Motor (Toyota and Lexus) outsold General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac), which has been No.1 since 1931 (before that, Ford).
In the 1950s, GM alone sold about half the vehicles in the U.S. Last year GM’s brands accounted for 14.6% of the market vs.15.5% for Toyota Motor. Below are 2021 and 2020 U.S. sales by brand. Forty-four brands had sales last year and five were newcomers, all selling EVs: Polestar (sedans; a Volvo offshoot), Rivian (pickups and SUVs), Lucid (sedans), Karma (sports cars) and BrightDrop (GM delivery vans).
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What car lasts the longest?
Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota’s Land Cruiser Easily Wins the Top Spot – To earn a spot on the Longest Last Cars list at least 2.5 percent of a vehicle must reach 200,000 miles. Just 1 percent of the average model gets to 200,000 miles, making every vehicle on this list at least two-and-half times more likely to hit that mileage benchmark.
The Toyota Land Cruiser clearly proves its reliability, with 16.3 percent of them achieving 200,000 or more miles. Ironically, and somewhat tragically, Toyota recently announced the end of Land Cruiser production after the 2021 model year. If you want a new Land Cruiser you better hurry, though with this level of reliability you can certainly find a sub-100,000-mile example with plenty of life left in it.
“The iconic and indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser is engineered to last at least 25 years, even under the harshest of driving conditions, as it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm,” said Brauer.
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Whats cheaper Audi BMW or Mercedes?
Audi is the most expensive brand to repair – Audi tops the list once more with an average quote of £182.94. Saying that the gap between Audi and BMW is minimal although looking at our graph Mercedes-Benz is the clear winner when it comes to cost with Mercedes-Benz 24 per cent cheaper than Audi and 20 per cent cheaper than BMW.
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Is BMW more expensive Audi or Mercedes?
Audis are more expensive than BMW and Mercedes cars to service. For the third year running online car garage and repair marketplace Whocanfixmycar.com analysed more than 180,000 pieces of data on the brands, and has found that Audi is up to 24% more expensive to repair than Mercedes models and 10% more expensive than BMW.
- Alistair Preston (pictured), co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said: “The argument between Audi, BMW and Mercedes drivers about which brand is better has been going on for years – and hopefully our research can shed some light on which is actually and verifiably the best in terms of costings.
- It’s unsurprising that within the first five years there are fewer quotes – as the cars are fairly new and maintenance isn’t needed.
“However, it is interesting to see just how much more expensive Audi is than the other two brands – especially between the five to eight-year mark. Maybe now people walking into dealerships around the UK will think twice before they decide which brand they want to invest in.” Audi repairs in 2017 cost drivers £182.94 on average – 11% lower than 2016 where quotes for Audi repairs were £207.11. The largest gap between repair costs for the brands’ equivalent models is the C-Class and A4. The A4 is 39% more expensive than the C-Class to repair, and sits 28% higher than the BMW 3-Series. However, Audi is the cheapest for steering and suspension and electrical and battery work, compared to Mercedes which is the most expensive of the three brands for this type of repair.
Audi is also the cheapest for a cambelt change with an average cost of £369.92, compared to Mercedes which costs £475.54 and BMW which costs £826.22. “This cost difference is because BMW and Mercedes tend to use a timing chain instead of a cambelt, which are more expensive to repair. “However, requests for BMW and Mercedes timing chain repairs sit 20 times and 100 times lower, respectively, than Audi cambelt repairs,” said Preston.
Mercedes clutch replacements were quoted at £670.58 on average compared to BMW at £544.85 and Audi at £578.39. Audi is the most expensive for gearbox repairs on average across the three brands – for a manual gearbox repair it costs £567.73, for an auto gearbox it’s £428.68 and a reconditioned gearbox will set a driver back £744.60. READ MORE > The full report from WhoCanFixMyCar.com on the comparative service and repair costs of Audi, Mercedes and BMW cars
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