2018 BMW M5 vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW M5
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The M5 has spawned some serious competition from excellent luxury brands.

The M5’s closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 sedan, offers even more luxury and space, has stupendous power, and now delivers handling that it hasn’t in the past.

The Cadillac CTS-V is raucous fun, but it trails the BMW in refinement.

Audi’s S6, soon to be replaced, isn’t as much of a track star as the competition, but it has always been sophisticated and it may have made BMW turn to all-wheel drive.

The Lexus GS F performs well on a track thanks to its torque vectoring rear end, and it offers plenty of luxury, too.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 BMW M5 is equal parts performance monster and luxury cruiser.
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.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
Add more power and the 2018 Lexus GS F could stare down any high-performance sport sedan from Germany.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Supercharged Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeSubcompact CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
Sedan4.0 TFSI Premium Plus4-Door SedanRWDE 300 RWD Sedan
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sedanquattro Sedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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