Mercedes Benz vs BMW: which is better?

This article will compare Mercedes Benz and BMW and answer the question: which is better? Where are BMW and Mercedes Benz cars made? Which are the flagship models of BMW and Mercedes Benz? And how both the companies were established.

Mercedes Benz vs BMW: which is better?

The following table compares key information regarding BMW and Mercedes Benz

CompaniesMercedes BenzBMW
Production output2,164,1872,521,514 
Number of Models2520
Founded 19261916
Parent companyMercedes Benz AGBMW
Sub-brandsMercedes AMG, Maybach, EQMini, Rolls-Royce

Currently Mercedes Benz holds number one spot in the sales of luxury passenger cars in the world. BMW is closely following at the number two spot but lack of after-service support in the international markets is the cause of its low sales number BMW

There is a dedicated performance division in Mercedes Benz called Mercedes Benz AMG. AMG designs a high-performance version of the model. It consists of handbuilt engines, and the handling is more aggressive compared to the Mercedes Benz models. AMG also offers full customization to the customers. There are AMG exclusive designo packages that customers can select at the time of placing the order.

BMW also has its performance division which designs high-performance versions of road-going models. It is called M power, represented by the letter M followed by the series of the Model. The BMW M3 has been a favourite among car enthusiasts because of its looks and handling.

Although BMW does not produce commercial vehicles and vans like Mercedes Benz, the passenger car models like the 3.5, and 7 series are direct competitors of the C, E and S classes in domestic as well as international markets.

BMW also makes quite a lot of models with fully electric drivetrains under the brand name BMW i. It was founded in 2011 before the Mercedes Benz EQ0 brand. The BMW i3 is a fully electric compact car while the i8 is a plug-in hybrid 2-door sports car.  Thei3 and i8 are unique because Mercedes Benz does not have any models in its lineup to compete against the i3 and i8.

Where are BMW cars made?

BMW’s headquarters is in Munich, Germany and it is the second in the luxury automobile market just after Mercedes Benz. BMW or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. Used to be an aircraft manufacturing company before starting production of automobiles and motorcycles.

BMW has factories in Germany as well as in the rest of the world. The majority of production takes place in Germany and cars are then shipped to international markets. BMW has factories outside of Germany but the knockdown kits assembled there are shipped from Germany. The production factories are located at the following locations

  • Germany: Munich, Dingolfing, Regensburg and Leipzig
  • Austria: Graz
  • United States: Spartanburg
  • México: San Luis Potosí]
  • South Africa: Rosslyn
  • India: Chennai
  • China: Shenyang
  • Brazil: Araquari

Some models like the 3 series are also assembled in south-east Asia countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

BMW produced more than 2,000,000 units in 2019 and the production capacity has increased in the past couple of years due to growing demands from China and India

Where are Mercedes Benz cars made?

Mercedes Benz has production factories all over the world but the main manufacturing factories are located only in Germany. Another location does not manufacture cars but only assembles from knockdown kits. The company has factories in 17 countries across 4 continents. 

The factory in Stuttgart, Germany is the mother factory, all the development, production and shipment of engines, transmissions and CKDs are shipped from this location. It is also the headquarters of Daimler AG, recently named Mercedes Benz group AG. The Stuttgart factory has a history extending back over 115 years and it is the highest tech location for the production of cars and hybrid drive systems. 

The plant has six total facilities, Untertürkheim and Bad Cannstatt are responsible for the production of engines and the forge is also located there. The transmissions are manufactured in Hedelfingen. Mettingen has a foundry for axle production.

How was Mercedes Benz established?

In 1886, Karl Benz invented the modern-day car with the petrol engine and during the same period, Gottlieb Daimler and his business partner William Maybach were in the business of converting stagecoaches by adding petrol engines.

Mercedes Benz was founded in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1926,  two major German automotive companies Benz & Cie and DMG Daimler Motor Gesellschaft merged and signed an agreement of mutual interest. 

European automobile entrepreneur Emil Jellinek, who was also a member of the Daimler Benz alliance, first marketed the automobile by naming it after his daughter Mercedes Jellinek. 1901 Mercedes powered by a 35 brake horsepower engine became known as 1901 Mercedes. 

How was the BMW automobile company established?

Originally an aircraft and motorcycle manufacturer, BMW was founded in 1916 by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke.the company was renamed to  Bayerische Motoren Werke in 1922. The BMW company went through many setbacks in world war I and many production factories were bombed in world war 2.

BMW was close to total financial loss but the launch of the model BMW 700 saved the company from bankruptcy. The BMW 700 was a small rear-engined car and it was the only car sold by BMW in the economy car market.

After launching new models like the BMW 5 series in the luxury car segment, it soon launched the 3, 6 and 7 series sedans. The BMW 7 series was also available with a massive V 12-cylinder engine. 

The BMW sales kept on increasing from 1970 to 1980. The M division also launched high-performance models called the M 5 and M3 and BMW later acquired Rolls Royce in 1998.

Which models are the flagship of BMW and Mercedes Benz?

The flagship models of BMW and Mercedes Benz are BMW 7 series and the S Class respectively. The following table compares the key specifications of the two models

Models/ SpecificationBMW 7 seriesMercedes Benz S Class
Wheelbase126.6 in122.28 in
Width76.8 in76.93 in
Height60.8 in59.17 in
Weight2,640 kg 1870 Kg
Seat capacity44

The BMW 7 series starts at 95,000 USD it is cheaper than the Mercedes Benz S Class which starts at more than 100,000 USD. The base variant of the Mercedes Benz S Class is much better equipped than the BMW 7 series.

Latest driver assistance systems are included in the S class base variant while BMW chargers extra for installing systems like reverse parking assist and blind-spot assist.

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Mercedes Benz is better than BMW simply because there are very few reliability issues in the models and Mercedes Benz cars last very long. The number of authorised service centres in the internal markets is one more reason for the success of Mercedes Benz in the luxury car market.

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