2020 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a natural rival for the BMW 5-Series.

Like the BMW, the E-Class spans a wide performance spectrum but Mercedes does more with its exterior.

The Audi A6 is comparatively sedate, but there are wagon variants available that we like.

The Genesis G80 has fewer engine options, but a longer warranty.

The Volvo S90 is an outlier featuring an interior dripping with class and calm.

The Lexus GS is on its way out, but it’s aged well.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 BMW 5-Series is the goldilocks mid-sizer with a roundel on the hood: comfortable, powerful, and luxurious.
The 2020 Audi A6 is as good as mid-size luxury sedans get—for those still shopping sedans.
The 2020 Lexus GS is a stylish, sporty sedan for nonconformists.
It's good to be the king: There's a reason the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class family of cars still rules the mid-size luxury roost.
The 2020 Volvo S90 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's an antidote for buyers wary of the German same-ness.
The 2020 Genesis G80 offers smooth power and attainable luxury for much less than the competition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Station WagonsLarge Cars
Style Name     
530e iPerformance Plug-In HybridPremium 45 TFSI quattroGS 350 AWDE 350 RWD SedanT5 FWD R-Design3.8L RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanWagonSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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