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Mercedes vs BMW

Now that Mercedes-Benz and BMW have both released global sales figures for the first half of 2018, we can take a closer look at exactly what’s going on in the luxury sales race.
Both German automakers managed to register half-year sales records. From the start of the year up until the end of June, the Mercedes-Benz brand sold 1 188 832 vehicles globally, representing a 3,9% increase year-on-year. The BMW brand, meanwhile, sold 1 059 296 vehicles from the start of the year until the end of June which means that BMW has increase in their sales equal to 2%.
So, the difference is 129 536 units according to our trusty calculator 😊 The third place with sold units in German Automotive industry is with 949 300 units, a year-on-year increase of 4,5%.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Cars (which includes the Smart brand) sold a total of 1 254 492 vehicles in the first half, some 11 985 units ahead of the BMW Group (which includes the Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW brands), which managed 1 242 507.
So there is question: which one is better? BMW or Mercedes-Benz?
To sum up briefly, when we talk about actual driving, BMW is usually considered the better driving machine. Their cars are most of the time lighter than the Mercedes-Benz counterparts and thus can take on corners better, plus they are sporting one of the best manual shifters ever. Mercedes-Benz normally tries to overcome this by putting big engines in their models which can make them quite aggressive and unpredictable if you want them to be. But that brings up a second advantage of BMW. Due to their bigger weight and bigger engines, Mercedes-Benz cars usually spend more fuel than their Bavarian counterparts.
When sitting inside them, the two cars again go into two directions. Mercedes Benz tries to make their interior as luxurious as possible. The driver gets cocooned in leather, a lot of chrome and wood, while giving everything a modern touch nowadays. BMW shifts more towards ergonomics. So the first priorities are Luxury vs. Ergonomics.
As far as pricing is concerned, Mercedes-Benz cars are usually considered a bit more expensive, with minor exceptions.
So, please take into consideration all these facts, make your decision and choose which one is better for you.

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