2021 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 5-Series
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

BMW still has the performance edge, but each rival appoints their mid-size sedan with luxurious interiors, progressive technology, and a ride that makes you want to keep on driving.

Excepting the black plastic console, the updated E-Class offers the most luxurious cabin, and its technology catches up to the Audi A6.

Like the A6, the redesigned Genesis G80 doesn’t handle as sharply as the 5-Series or E-Class, but it’s the best-looking of the bunch, although the aging Volvo S90 could claim that spot.

The redesigned Acura TLX would be the budget buy of this class.

2021 BMW 5-Series2021 BMW 5-Series
2021 Acura TLX2021 Acura TLX2021 Audi A62021 Audi A6
2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class
2021 Volvo S902021 Volvo S90
2021 Genesis G802021 Genesis G80
Quick Specs
The 2021 BMW 5-Series pushes all the right buttons for mid-size luxury shoppers. And there are a lot of them.
The 2021 Acura TLX plants its flag among premium mid-size sedans with a racy design, strong turbocharged engines, and improved dynamics.
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 2021 Volvo S90 and V90 argue for luxury-car status with rational performance and style.
The 2021 Genesis G80 drops the mic with fastback style and fast-forward features.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
530i SedanFWDPremium Plus 45 TFSI quattroE 350 RWD SedanT6 AWD Momentum2.5T RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Acura TLX2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Audi A62021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Volvo S902021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Genesis G80