2016 BMW 3 Series vs 5 Series

Whether luxury drivers are in the market for a premium midsize luxury sedan, or a compact sporty vehicle, the fine engineering and premium features from BMW can satisfy. However, sometimes it can be challenging to determine which high-quality model is ideal for a given driver or family. In this 2016 BMW 3 Series vs 5 Series comparison, we are going to examine these two BMW models to help luxury shoppers determine which one might best fit their needs.

Sheer size is a good starting point when comparing these models. The 2016 BMW 3 Series is a compact sedan or wagon with a sporty style. It is available with four engine options and trim levels. The 2016 BMW 5 Series is likewise available with four trim and engine options, but this midsize sedan puts the emphasis on comfort, luxury, and elegant driving, rather than sporty handling. Small families looking for a spacious vehicle might opt for the larger interior space and comfort of the 5 Series, while individuals and commuters looking for a bit of luxurious daily fun should be attracted by the sporty nature of the 2016 BMW 3 Series.

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2016 BMW 3 Series VS 2016 BMW 5 Series
8-speed automatic, 6-speed manual Transmission 8-speed automatic
24/36 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 23/34 mpg
320 hp (3.0-L turbo 6-Cylinder)  Top Horsepower 445 hp (4.4-liter V8)
13 cubic feet Trunk Space 14 cubic feet

Fuel Efficiency on the 3 Series and 5 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series is designed for driver fun and performance. It leverages its powertrain for a breathless driving feel. The 2016 BMW 5 Series is also powerful and engaging. This larger model offers generous space even in the back seat for individuals six-feet tall or more, and offers more horsepower at pretty much any level than the 3 Series. However, that larger build corresponds to a decrease in gas mileage. When comparing the 2016 BMW 3 Series vs the 2016 BMW 5 Series, the model drivers prefer will depend greatly on what their personal driving needs are. Both of these models are available with the xDrive all-wheel drive system and a diesel engine option which can offer premium performance and stunning fuel efficiency.

Standard luxury features in both of these models include dual zone automatic climate control, the iDrive infotainment system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and premium upholstery. The 2016 BMW 5 Series comes with more standard features (like 10-way powered front seats with memory settings or a voice-controlled navigation system) but it also has a higher base price than its smaller 2016 BMW 3 Series relative. For more information on this comparison, or to test drive one of these two elegant BMW sedans, contact a team member at the New BMW of Topeka today.

blue 2016 BMW 3 Series sedan offers sporty handling
2016 BMW 5 Series confident on the road
driver-oriented interior of the 2016 BMW 3 Series
front and steering-wheel view of the 2016 BMW 5 Series