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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.

2021 BMW 5-Series2021 BMW 5-Series
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2021 Audi A62021 Audi A6
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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class
2020 Cadillac CT5-V2020 Cadillac CT5
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2020 Lexus ES2020 Lexus ESGet Your Price2020 Volvo S902020 Volvo S90Get Your Price
Quick Specs
The 2021 BMW 5-Series pushes all the right buttons for mid-size luxury shoppers. And there are a lot of them.
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The 2021 Audi A6 mid-size luxury sedan or wagon is reserved but flexible in its powertrain offerings and body styles.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class promises better tech inside and more capability outside with the arrival of a lifted wagon.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 mid-size luxury sedan offers a new look—but not a new idea—for the automaker in a competitive class.
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The 2020 Lexus ES charts a sportier, sharper course than before, and it succeeds.
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The 2020 Volvo S90 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's an antidote for buyers wary of the German same-ness.
MSRP From     
$54,200$54,900N/A$36,895$39,900$50,550
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4N/ATurbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsN/AMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
530i SedanPremium Plus 45 TFSI quattroN/A4-Door Sedan LuxuryES 350 FWDT6 AWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelN/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanN/ASedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODN/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Audi A62021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2020 Cadillac CT52021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2020 Lexus ES2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2020 Volvo S90