2013 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2013 BMW 5-Series
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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The 2013 BMW 5-Series packs in the advanced technology and fuel-efficient powertrains, yet it manages to keep true to its sport-sedan mission.
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec.
With sharp handling, scorching performance, and decent comfort, the 2013 Infiniti M sedans are bold and beautiful but not overwrought.
Refined, nimble, and a scorcher in R trim, the Jaguar XF's only remaining hurdle to greatness is back-seat space.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 gains a little confidence and connectivity, while its competition gains some weight and complexity.
Better handling and interiors put the Mercedes-Benz E-Class back in benchmark status; a passel of new engines brings fuel economy to new heights.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4N/ATurbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsize CarsN/AMidsizeMid-SizeMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium PlusN/A4-Door Sedan I4 RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan E350 Luxury RWD *Ltd Avail*
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioN/AAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift