The new 2011 BMW 5-Series competes most directly with the Jaguar XF and Infiniti M.
Both models are all-new for 2011.
The new M—offered in M37 and M56 models—has improved handling and real backseat room this time around, plus a gorgeous interior.
The Jaguar XF remains one of our editors' favorites, offering a great blend of capable handling and performance, combined with a smart, classy feel and excellent interior comfort.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for 2010, with a thoroughly upgraded interior and quicker steering; it is still offered in a hot E63 AMG version.
Additionally, the new Audi A6 that's on the way for 2011 promises to be more of a performance car, along the lines of the latest A4, and it will pose a more direct threat to the 5-Series.
Versus the new 5-Series Gran Turismo it’s hard to say; BMW’s own X6 is a top rival surely, though the X6 makes more serious compromises in backseat space to achieve that swoopy roofline.
And chalk in the Acura ZDX for comparison, even though that’s more of a (barely) four-seat coupe on steroids.
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