2018 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW 5-Series
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 BMW 5-Series is locked in a perpetual dogfight with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Although most of the powertrains go toe-to-toe, the M550i xDrive and 530e plug-in hybrid are unmatched so far—advantage BMW.

The Audi A6 is awaiting a redo, and it’s a compelling drive, albeit not as refined.

The Volvo S90 can match the BMW with efficient powertrains, but its interior doesn’t feel as opulent as the BMW.

Jaguar’s XF is a driver’s car, but not much else stands out about the big cat.

Lexus GS can come with a high-po V-8, but the GS-F feels a step behind in tech.

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2018 Audi S62018 Audi A6
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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake2018 Jaguar XF
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2018 Lexus GS 3502018 Lexus GS
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E400 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2018 BMW 5-Series expands the sedan's already-excellent lineup to include an efficient plug-in hybrid and an uber-quick V-8.
7.0
The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more.
7.2
The 2018 Jaguar XF lives its best life in Sportbrake form; the turbo-4 emerges here in untested form.
7.2
The 2018 Lexus GS is a worthy rival to its German foes in terms of luxury and handling, but its engine lineup is falling behind the competition.
8.3
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
7.8
With its graceful styling and gentle demeanor, the 2018 Volvo S90 is one of our favorite luxury sedans—at any price.
MSRP From     
$52,650$49,700$47,775$46,510$52,950$48,100
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
530e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid2.0 TFSI Premium FWDSedan 25t RWDGS 300 RWDE 300 RWD SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 BMW 5-Series vs. 2018 Audi A62018 BMW 5-Series vs. 2018 Jaguar XF2018 BMW 5-Series vs. 2018 Lexus GS2018 BMW 5-Series vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class2018 BMW 5-Series vs. 2018 Volvo S90