What are the closest rivals to the 5-Series? The cast of competitors has changed in recent years, and we'd now rank the Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70 (formerly the M) as the toughest rivals from a performance and luxury standpoint.
Both offer great handling and a pretty impressive amount of interior space--as well as a gorgeous interior; from Jaguar you get a near-ideal mix of capable handling and performance, combined with a smart, classy feel and excellent interior comfort.
There's a base turbocharged four-cylinder base engine in the XF, while the Infiniti M has V-6, V-8, and Hybrid versions.
As for the luxury and technology side, the 5-Series competes against the Audi A6, which has a beautiful interior that's shared with the A7 fastback; performance is also strong from its available supercharged V-6.
One other luxury rival is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which offers just as much of a range of variants, including a hybrid and an especially frugal E250 diesel model.
The E-Class has grown into more of a driver's car, and its steering and handling are now on par with the 5-Series, if not better.
The Lexus GS 350 is another possibility, especially for those who don't put as much weight on the tech options or fine details; the current version offers more of an entertaining driving personality than before, and the fine dealership experience you can expect from the brand.
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|2015 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2018 INFINITI Q70Browse Used Listings||2015 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2015 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2015 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Twin Turbo Diesel I-4|
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|4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||3.7 LUXE RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan I4 T Premium RWD||4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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