2009 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2009 BMW 5-Series

BMW's chief rival here is the Benz E-Class; among wagons, it's the Audi A6 Avant.

The Mercedes puts stronger emphasis on passenger comfort, and it has a more spacious interior, not to mention a more relaxed ride.

Audi's wagon comes only with a V-6 engine, but all-wheel drive is standard.

Handling isn't as crisp as with the BMW, and technology features lag.

Cadillac's STS is a worthy sedan rival with lots of performance verve; it just lacks BMW's prestige.

Saab's sport wagon is dated, but still has lots of space and an offbeat appeal.

The Infiniti M sedans have brisk performance and high-tech features, but the cabin lacks the refinement of the BMW.

2009 BMW 5-Series2009 BMW 5-Series
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2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STS
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
8.2
Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2009 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals—without giving up any comfort.
7.6
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
8.6
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
8.0
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From   
$45,800$46,845$42,950$51,200
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualAutomaticAutomatic CVTAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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