Compare 2012 BMW 5-Series vs 2012 Tesla Model S

2012 BMW 5-Series
2012 Tesla Model S
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4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i xDrive AWD 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i xDrive AWD 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
5 Series 4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 5 RWD 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD 19 28 $52,440 $57,000
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 18 27 $54,555 $59,300
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i Gran Turismo RWD 15 22 $60,720 $66,000
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 15 19 $62,835 $68,300
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,150
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,900
$57,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$782 / month
$957 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
EPA Classification
Mid-Size NA
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 42.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 94.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
116.9 116.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 6.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.1 196.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
18.4 - TBD -
Brakes
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.9 14.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 14.4 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 NA
Steering
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 37.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3814 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.7 NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 NA
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Electric
Fuel System
Direct Injection NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1250 325
Engine Order Code
N20 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 362 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- - TBD -
Battery Range (mi)
- 160 (Est)
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- - TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- - TBD -
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 NA
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 9.73
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 NA
Trans Type
8 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Tesla Model S
Body Style
4dr Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA N/A
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Integral-V Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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