The most direct competitors to the BMW 5-Series are the Jaguar XF and Infiniti M.
The Infiniti offers great handling and a pretty impressive amount of interior space--as well as a gorgeous interior--while the Jaguar offers what we think is a near-ideal mix of capable handling and performance, combined with a smart, classy feel and excellent interior comfort.
2013 Jaguar XF models gain a new base turbocharged four-cylinder engine this year, and at the time this review was posted we hadn't yet driven it for comparison.
The Audi A6 has a beautiful interior that's shared with the A7 fastback, along with strong performance from its available supercharged V-6, 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 Lexus GS 350 offers more of an emphasis on performance and technology than before, but those who gauge their sport sedan on the sensory experience might find that it's not quite as polished.
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|2013 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2013 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2013 Lexus GS 350Browse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Mid-Size||Midsize Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus||4-Door Sedan I4 RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD *Ltd Avail*|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2013 BMW 5-Series vs. 2013 Audi A6||2013 BMW 5-Series vs. 2013 Jaguar XF||2013 BMW 5-Series vs. 2013 Lexus GS 350||2013 BMW 5-Series vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz E Class|