2020 BMW 5 Series vs 3 Series

Drivers looking for a poised and sophisticated luxury sedan may be interested in the BMW 5 Series or the BMW 3 Series. Both models offer extra muscle under the hood along with luxe cabins and cutting-edge infotainment features.

In this 2020 BMW 5 Series vs. 3 Series comparison from BMW of Atlantic City, we’ll go over what each vehicle brings to the table. This will help you decide which model will work for your lifestyle in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Vineland.

Powerful & Energetic Performances

2020 BMW 5 SeriesThe 2020 BMW 5 Series and the 2020 BMW 3 Series have multiple engines to choose from—each with impressive degrees of power.

The 5 Series comes standard with a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. To really maximize performance, go with the available 4.4L BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. This engine churns out 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque while helping the car go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds.

The 3 Series can also hold its own around town or on the racetrack. Its most powerful engine is the available 3.0L TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine. It produces 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it helps the vehicle go from 0 to 60 MPH in a notable 4.1 seconds.

Stylish & Spacious Interiors

2020 BMW 5 Series vs 3 SeriesBoth BMW models handle extremely well on the road thanks to their steering and suspension systems. These lead to a smooth ride that you can appreciate when sitting behind the wheel.

You can also appreciate the fine materials found inside the cabins of the 2020 5 Series and the 2020 3 Series. The former offers Dakota, Nappa, and Merino leathers, while the latter has the available Vernasca leather upholstery. These leathers are soft to the touch, while the multiple color options let you have an interior that reflects your personal style.

Additionally, these vehicles offer plenty of space for five people to stretch out. Inside the midsize 5 Series, you’ll have 41.4 inches of front legroom and 36.5 inches of rear legroom. In the more compact 3 Series, you’ll still get 42 inches of front legroom and 35.2 inches of rear legroom. Either way, you’ll have the space you need to remain comfortable throughout your entire drive.

5 Series vs 3 Series Technology

2020 BMW 5 Series vs 3 SeriesFeel free, then, to play with the various high-tech features found inside these automobiles.

The BMW 5 Series and the BMW 3 Series come standard with Apple CarPlay®. This feature makes it easier than ever to access your mobile apps without handling your phone while on the road.

Each vehicle also comes standard with an iDrive infotainment system, where all your media options are located. The 10.25-inch screen in the 5 Series and the 8.8-inch screen in the 3 Series let you see everything easily and clearly.

You can also hear your music, phone calls, and more with ease thanks to the advanced sound systems offered in each model. You can get a 16-speaker Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audio System in the 5 Series or a 10-speaker HiFi Sound System in the 3 Series. Both options give you that crisp sound quality you crave.

Want to learn more about both these sporty sedans? Check out our BMW 5 Series reviews and our BMW 3 Series reviews!

Which BMW Sedan Is Right for You?

Because the 2020 BMW 5 Series and the 2020 BMW 3 Series have so much offer, the best way to pick a favorite is to take each one out for a spin.

You can do so near Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Vineland at BMW of Atlantic City. Don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at our BMW dealership today!

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