2021 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 5-Series
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 5-Series squares off against the E Class and A6 in a rumble for mid-size luxury shoppers.

Each is tech-heavy, spacious, and expensive—shoppers are spoiled for choice.

The Cadillac CT5 is relatively new and looks promising.

The Lexus ES isn’t as sharp, but it’s highly efficient as a hybrid.

The Volvo S90 is older, but still elegant and easy to drive.

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V2020 Cadillac CT5Get Your Price2020 Lexus ES 300h2020 Lexus ES
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The 2021 BMW 5-Series pushes all the right buttons for mid-size luxury shoppers. And there are a lot of them.
The 2021 Audi A6 mid-size luxury sedan or wagon is reserved but flexible in its powertrain offerings and body styles.
Made as a sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible with four different powertrains, the 2021 Mercedes E-Class has wide appeal.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 improves upon the agile CTS and at a substantially lower price.
The 2020 Lexus ES charts a sportier, sharper course than before, and it succeeds.
The 2020 Volvo S90 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's an antidote for buyers wary of the German same-ness.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
530i SedanPremium Plus 45 TFSI quattroE 350 RWD Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryES 350 FWDT6 AWD Momentum
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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