BMW 3 Series vs 5 Series Comparison

BMW is well-known for its production of sophisticated cars that have topped charts worldwide and paved the way for many other brands as a benchmark in terms of performance and model designs. Coming in a range of models, BMW offers the 3 series compact executive vehicle manufacturers since 1975 in seven different generations whilst on the other hand, the German car manufacturer offers the 5 Series, an executive car manufactured since 1972 coming in 7 generations. Both cars undoubtedly come with exciting body designs and spectacular interiors just to mention a few, however, let us explore comparison factors for both cars in detail with a concentration on the 2018 models.


(Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of January 2021)

 BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
Capacity / Doors5 seats / 4 doors 5 seats / 4 doors
Average Fuel Economy 16.13 to 19.62 kmpl15.01 to 22.48 kpml
Key Features Power steering, AC, Alloy Wheels,

Engine Start Stop Button
Fog Lights, Power Window Front,

Multi-function Steering Wheel, Airbags
Average Used Pricing $700 - $6,240 $1,310 - 6,590

Interior and Exterior Comparison

BMW 3 Series

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is nothing short of perfection available in Sedan, Sports Wagon, and Gran Turismo that comes with magnificent features that will have you flowing in and out of cities seamlessly.

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The BMW 3 Series comes in 18-inch star spoke wheels with Aluminum Hexagon trim, built steadily on the M Sport suspension.

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The 3 Series comes with a bigger and more masculine body which poses to be more angular with a bolder look complimented by Adaptive LED Headlights, Automatic high beams to give you full-time distance and nearby visibility.

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On the interior bit, both cars offer maximum luxury giving you total control over your vehicles for many miles but the 3 Series comes with a BMW navigation system, a head-up display, BMW Online, and BMW Apps, remote services just to mention a few of the technological functionalities.

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It additionally comes with Comfort Access keyless entry for swift entry and exit, moonroof, 4-way lumbar support for front seats, and heated steering wheel and seats in an event of cold weather. From the interior to the exterior, the BMW 3 Series speaks for itself and will only serve you as per your vision of a remarkable car.

BMW 5 Series

On the other hand, the 5 Series does not lag far behind with its interior and exterior designs that offer both technology and sporty performance.

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It comes with a classy style enhanced by 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels, the new U-Shaped LED daytime running lights, larger grilles, more prominent vents, and angular sculpting of the front bumper. It is designed to offer the ultimate driving experience which sets it at the top of its competition.

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Different from the 3 Series, the 5 Series comes in Sedan and Gran Turismo designs which both offer outstanding interiors that command love at first glance.

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The interior offers a spacious 5 seats setting coming with leather surfacing available in a range of colors for your liking. It comes with frontal ventilated seats, multi-contour seats, and front massaging seats which all offer great options to the pool of its customers.

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For quick entry and exit, the 5 Series comes with Comfort Access keyless entry that allows you to move in and out of the car with ease. To help you navigate safely and with full control, the 5 Series is equipped with the Parking Assistant, Head-up display, Park Distance Control, and Rear-view camera.

Engines

Just like the interior and exteriors of any car are essential, one feature that offers maximum significance in any motor vehicle is the engine. Below is a detailed breakdown of the BMW 3 and 5 Series.

BMW 3 Series

Sedan

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328d: It comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel Inline 4-cylinder engine with 180 hp @ 4000 / 280 @ 1750–2750 while offering an acceleration speed of 0-60 MPH in 7.4 seconds.
328d xDrive: It comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel Inline 4-cylinder engine with 180 hp @ 4000 / 280 @ 1750–2750 while offering an acceleration speed of 0-60 MPH in 7.4 seconds.

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330i: It comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel inline 4-cylinder engine 248 hp @ 5200 / 258 @ 1450–4800 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 (5.6) seconds.
330i xDrive: It comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel inline 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp @ 5200 / 258 @ 1450–4800 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds.

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340i: This model comes in a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine coming with 320 @ 5500 / 330 @ 1380–5000 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 4.8 (4.9) seconds.
340i xDrive: This model comes in a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine coming with 320 @ 5500 / 330 @ 1380–5000 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 (4.7) seconds.

Sports Wagon

328d xDrive: It comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel inline 4-cylinder engine with 180 hp @ 4000 / 280 @ 1750–2750 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds.
330i xDrive: This model comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp @ 5200 / 258 @ 1450–4800 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds.

Gran Turismo

330i xDrive GranTurismo: This model comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp @ 5200 / 258 @ 1450–4800 and an acceleration speed of 5.9 seconds.
330i xDrive GranTurismo: This model comes in a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine with 330 hp @ 5500 / 330 @ 1380–5000 and an acceleration speed of 4.7 seconds.

BMW 5 Series

Sedan

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BMW 530 / 530i xDrive Sedan: It comes in a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp @ 5200–6500 / 258 lb-ft @ 1450–4800 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 6.0 / 5.8 seconds.

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BMW 540i / 540i xDrive Sedan: It comes in a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine with 335 hp @ 5500–6500 / 332 lb-ft @ 1380–5200 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 in 4.9 / 4.7 seconds.

Gran Turismo

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BMW 535i / 535i xDrive Gran Turismo: It comes with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo Inline 6 engine with 300 hp @ 5800 / 295 lb-ft @ 1300–5000 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 MPH in 6.0 seconds.

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BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo: It comes in a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine with 445 hp @ 5500 / 480 lb-ft @ 2000–4500 and an acceleration speed from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.

Final Verdict

When it comes down to which of the two cars stand out the most to users, there is no loser in this option as the 3 Series and 5 Series pose to be outstanding cars. They offer a unique experience of luxury both for the driver and the passengers. When it comes down to pricing, the 3 Series is cheaper but comes fully equipped with high technology equipment and an amazing driving experience due to the high level of comfort offered. On the other hand, the 5 Series comes with nothing short of comfort, space, and luxury. If the three listed qualities are what you look for in a car, then the 5 Series is a go-to option. BMW also offers a range of optional features that you use to amplify the look and feel of your car into a more unique design as per your liking. To purchase the latest or older models out of the 7 generations offered in both 3 and 5 Series, be sure to visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro

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