2021 BMW 3 Series vs BMW 5 Series

BMW 3 Series vs BMW 5 Series BMW 3 Series vs BMW 5 Series

You know that you want to buy a luxury car from the BMW lineup for drives through Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, Georgia. Now the decision lies between the 2021 BMW 3 Series and the BMW 5 Series. Both cars can give you everything you want in a vehicle of this caliber, but there must be some differences, right? Yes, and BMW of Albany can tell you all about them.

Quick Facts Table

BMW 3 Series

BMW 5 Series

Heated Front Seats



Climate Control

Standard Auto 3-Zone

Standard Auto 2-Zone

Max Horsepower

382 HP

523 HP

Cargo Capacity

13 cu. ft.

14 cu. ft.

Dynamic Performance

BMW 3 Series PerformanceIf you choose the 3 Series, two different engines with standard 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission appear under the hood, including:

  • 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower supported by 294 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder that produces 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque

If your thirst for excitement exceeds these specifications, there’s more. More than two engines come in the 5 Series, including a bruiser of an engine.

  • 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder that generates 248 horsepower backed by 257 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder that generates 335 horsepower backed by 331 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 that generates 523 horsepower backed by 553 lb-ft of torque

If you seek more vigor, the V8 will escort you on a more elevated ride, but you’ll be otherwise satisfied with the other engines.

Entertainment Features

View your navigation options, which can be updated four times a year, through the 3 Series BMW Live Cockpit Plus with the standard 8.8-inch central information display. Monitor your speed on the 8.8-inch instrument cluster. Upgrade your screens to a 12.3-inch screen and 10.25-inch display.

In the 5 Series, you start out with dual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and central information display for the BMW Live Cockpit Professional.

Safety Systems

BMW 5 Series Safety FeaturesBetween both Bimmers, differences stem from what comes standard and what’s optional. An added feature may sound appealing, but you may forego one for another upgrade.

A 3 Series fan may note that the 5 Series uses front and rear sensors in the standard Park Distance Control system. If you don’t travel to the city or a downtown area with tight parking, you may not miss having it. Besides, you can opt for the Parking Assistance Package in both, which offers:

  • Active Park Distance Control
  • Parking Assistant Plus

Other comparable systems exist in both cars, including Frontal Collision Warning and Fatigue and Focus Alert.

Interior Dimensions

When you review the interior dimensions, you see that the vehicles rival each other.


BMW 3 Series

BMW 5 Series

Headroom Front/Rear

38.7/37.6 in.

38.8/37.5 in.

Legroom Front/Rear

42/35.2 in.

41.4/36.5 in.

No real contest between the two, and each vehicle comes with a 2-way power glass moonroof.

For your comfort, each car can be equipped with heated front seats, which in the Southern Rivers region, you probably don’t need. The 3 Series offers them while the 5 Series provides them standard. Remember that heat helps to soothe a sore back, so it may be worth it.

Living in a humid climate, you’ll take advantage of any cool air you can get. Turn on your automatic 3-zone climate control in the 3 Series for individualized temperature checks. The 5 Series only provides an automatic 2-zone climate control system.

Which Do You Choose? 2021 BMW 3 Series or BMW 5 Series

Both the 2021 BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series deliver when it comes to quality, safety, and high-tech systems, but do you know which one to choose? Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton drivers can see which one they like best when they visit BMW of Albany. While you’re there, take a test drive of both!