2012 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Jaguar XF and Infiniti M are the most direct competitors to the BMW 5-Series.

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 offers a near-ideal mix of capable handling and performance, combined with a smart, classy feel and excellent interior comfort.

On the other hand, the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a thoroughly upgraded interior and quicker steering; it is still offered in a hot E63 AMG version.

The new Audi A6 that was introduced this past year is a more serious sport sedan than ever, with a stunning interior that mirrors that of the A7 fastback.

And Lexus is about to introduce, for 2013, an all-new version of the GS, with even more of an emphasis on performance and technology than before.

2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2013 Lexus GS 3502013 Lexus GS 350Browse Used Listings2012 Audi A6 4-door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus Side Exterior View2012 Audi A6Browse Used Listings2012 Jaguar XF2012 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.6
The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
8.2
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 gains a little confidence and connectivity, while its competition gains some weight and complexity.
8.4
It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
8.4
Scorching acceleration, nimble handling, and true luxury-car refinement complement style and fashion to swoon over in the 2012 Jaguar XF; backseat space remains its only reality check.
8.2
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
MSRP From    
$46,900$47,250$41,700$53,000$49,800
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize CarsMidsize CarSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55554
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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