2008 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2008 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535xiT AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 BMW 5-Series's chief competitor, the E-Class, has more of an emphasis on comfort than the 5, with a roomier-feeling interior and a softer ride.

The A6 also feels a bit more spacious and comfort-oriented, but its performance--especially from the available 4.2-liter V-8--doesn't come close to matching that of the 550i's 4.8-liter V-8.

None of the competition offers a manual transmission either.

The Cadillac STS brings plenty of high-tech options and respectable performance, but it doesn't have the prestige of the 5-Series.

There's also the Infiniti M35 and M45, which bring brisk performance and some rival high-tech features such as a lane-departure system, but their cabins aren't as quiet and refined as those of the 5-Series models.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
7.6
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
8.6
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
8.0
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From   
$44,600$46,845$42,950$51,200
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualAutomaticAutomatic CVTAutomatic w/OD