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Old 09-02-2010, 02:04 PM
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BMW 523i vs. MB E250, in Singapore

http://www.autosavant.com/2010/08/16...w212-e250-cgi/

The article offers fair amount of details.

About the ride/handling of the 5:

"Driving the 523i, I felt that I was piloting a big car. It no longer felt like a 5 Series. It felt more like a 7 Series. Call it my weak judgement or poor driving, but that is what I felt. The width and length of the car is simply bewildering, to the point where I just did not feel comfortable chucking the car around. Instead, The light steering and extremely comfortable suspension persuaded me to drive the car leisurely, something which the car excels in. The suspension is extremely compliant, giving the car supreme ride even over the most broken roads, but then it probably should be noted that this car is fitted with the basic suspension setup. The steering is uncannily light, unlike any BMW I have driven before, something that made me uneasy. I came out of the BMW thinking that it is a first-rate luxury cruiser, but is certainly no sports saloon, let alone sports car. It just didnít engage me as much as I would like as the driver really feels detached from the road."

vs the E:

"One thing most apparent is that at low speed, the steering is extremely heavy, to the point where it is necessary to heave the wheel to maneuver in tight parking spaces. At higher speed it lightens up, but it is never as light as the 523iís helm, instead giving superb feedback at all times. It also helps that the car somehow feels smaller than it really is, giving the driver confidence to drive the car quickly. However, it is not just that which inspires confidence Ė show the car some corners, and it will willingly follow your steering inputs. The E I tried is the Avantgarde model, which is fitted with sport suspension that lowers the car by 15mm. I thought I would never say this, but the Eís suspension is actually harsher than the one in the BMW, but the plus is that it makes the car feel quite agile. The chassis is tight and stiff, and cornering is a joy in the E. "
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:49 PM
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Maybe someone switched the badges on the cars, causing the reviewer some confusion?
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