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2012 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

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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.
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The 2013 Lexus GS 350 gains a little confidence and connectivity, while its competition gains some weight and complexity.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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