2021 BMW 3 Series vs. 2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 3 Series vs. 2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 3 Series


2021 BMW 5 Series
$41,250 MSRP

Starting Price

$54,200 MSRP
255 hp / 295 lb-ft of torque

Standard Engine Specs

248 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque
0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

Standard Acceleration

0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds
42.0 / 35.2 inches

Front / Rear Legroom

41.4 / 36.5 inches
38.7 / 37.6 inches

Front / Rear Headroom

38.8 inches for both rows
17.0 cubic feet

Trunk Space

18.7 cubic feet

Planning to enhance your Los Angeles commute with a BMW sedan? For many drivers, the choice comes down to the BMW 3 Series vs. 5 Series. The team at Rusnak BMW is here to help you compare BMW models, so you can be sure you’re driving home to Westlake Village in a luxury sedan that fits your needs as well as your budget. Read on to compare the 3 Series and 5 Series pricing and features, and then browse new BMW sedans for sale as well as used BMW 5 Series models for sale on our lot in Thousand Oaks!



2021 BMW Sedan Price Range

With the wide range of BMW sedan price points, many Malibu drivers can access legendary BMW performance and top-shelf features. The price within one BMW sedan lineup will also vary depending on the trim level and any accessories you choose. Let’s compare BMW models by starting MSRP:

  • BMW 330i Price — $41,250 MSRP
  • BMW 330i xDrive Price — $43,250 MSRP
  • BMW M340i Price — $54,700 MSRP
  • BMW M340i xDrive Price — $56,700 MSRP

Available in nine trim levels, the BMW sedan price for the 5 Series varies widely. Higher trims cost significantly more but offer upgrades like a hybrid powertrain, M Performance engines, and xDrive all-wheel drive:

  • BMW 530i Price — $54,200 MSRP
  • BMW 530i xDrive Price — $56,500 MSRP
  • BMW 530e Hybrid Price — $57,200
  • BMW 540i Price — $59,450 MSRP
  • BMW 530e xDrive Price — $59,500
  • BMW 540i xDrive Price — $61,750 MSRP
  • BMW M550i xDrive Price — $76,800 MSRP

Performance Specs: BMW 3 Series vs. 5 Series

When you compare BMW models, you may want to start with what they have in common. Both the 3 Series and the 5 Series feature a powerful and finely-tuned 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine. However, each BMW sedan delivers different levels of horsepower and torque:

  • Engine Output — 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with the 3 Series; 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with the 5 Series.
  • 0 to 60 Time — 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds with the 3 Series; 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds with the 5 Series.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity — 15.6 gallons for the 3 Series; 18.0 gallons for the 5 Series.

Interior Features: BMW 3 Series vs. 5 Series

Which BMW sedan is better for maneuvering in tight spaces and crowded streets? If you do most of your driving in downtown Simi Valley, you may be best off with the smaller and more agile 3 Series. It also offers plenty of standard cabin conveniences for a better commute:

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • 14-way power front seats
  • iDrive 6.0 system
  • Two USB ports
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth

As for the 5 Series, the midsize BMW sedan offers more space—and additional standard luxuries—inside the cabin:

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • 32 GB of multimedia storage
  • Eight freely programmable bookmarks
  • 16-way power front sport seats
  • Two-way power side bolsters
  • iDrive 7.0 system
  • Two USB ports
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth

Compare BMW Models With a Test Drive in Thousand Oaks

Still searching for the right BMW sedan, looking to compare the BMW 3 Series vs. Audi A4, or want to check out the BMW 5 Series model overview? Contact us to schedule a test drive so you can compare BMW models in person. While you’re here, check out the perks we offer for Moorpark-area BMW drivers at Rusnak BMW! Pay a lower BMW sedan price with new vehicle dealership specials, and save on routine maintenance and OEM parts.

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