BMW 3 Series vs BMW 5 Series

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2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
MSRP
$34,900
Invoice
$32,955
Average Price Paid
$33,114
134 listings nationwide

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2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
MSRP
$52,400
Invoice
$49,230
Average Price Paid
$50,510
204 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis

Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
Fair Price
$33,462
Good Price
$32,623
Great Price
$32,144
2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
Fair Price
$51,468
Good Price
$49,463
Great Price
$48,316

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2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,593
28 listings nationwide

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2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$59,234
14 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews

Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 BMW 3 Series
320i Sedan RWD
Megan Hennessey Preview:

Few vehicles define the marriage of performance and luxury like the BMW 3 Series. For decades, it has been an attractive, precise, and upscale small car. The 2018 BMW 3 Series is avail...

2018 BMW 5 Series
530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

BMW’s lineup seems to be constantly expanding, and 2018 brings some significant new choices for those interested in the company’s signature 5 Series midsize luxury sedan. Two new trims...

User Reviews and User Rankings

User Rankings by Category

Users ranked cars they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

Winning categories:
    Winning categories:
      Based on rankings.
      2018 BMW 3 Series
      320i Sedan RWD
      30
      writes:
      Car is overhyped and not fun to drive and it looks bad.
      Family Car Ranked 2018 Audi A4 better.
      "Safety"
      Value Ranked 2018 Audi A4 better.
      "Power, looks, technology"
      2018 BMW 5 Series
      530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
      No User Reviews

      Specs

      2018 BMW 3 Series
      320i Sedan RWD
      2018 BMW 5 Series
      530e iPerformance Sedan RWD
      Powertrain 8-Speed Automatic
      Drivetrain
      RWD
      RWD
      RWD
      Fuel Economy, City
      23 MPG
      24 MPG
      70 MPG
      Fuel Economy, Highway
      35 MPG
      35 MPG
      75 MPG
      Fuel Tank Volume 15.8 gal 12.1 gal
      Engine
      Fuel Type
      Gasoline
      Gasoline
      Gasoline
      Power
      180 hp @ 5,000 RPM
      180 hp @ 5,000 RPM
      248 hp @ 5,200 RPM
      Torque
      200 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
      200 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
      258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
      Cylinders
      4 cylinders
      4 cylinders
      4 cylinders
      Compression Ratio
      11:1
      11:1
      10.2:1
      Displacement
      2,000 cc
      2,000 cc
      2,000 cc
      Bore x Stroke
      3.31 in x 3.55 in
      3.31 in x 3.55 in
      3.23 in x 3.72 in
      Safety
      ABS Brakes Standard Standard
      Driver Airbag Standard Standard
      Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
      Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
      Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
      NHTSA Crash Test Results
      Overall 4 stars --
      Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
      Front Crash Driver 4 stars --
      Front Crash Passenger 5 stars --
      Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
      Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
      Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
      Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
      Comfort and Convenience
      Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
      Air Conditioning Standard Standard
      CD Player Standard Standard
      Radio Standard Standard
      Power Windows Standard Standard
      Power Door Locks Standard Standard
      Driver Power Seats -- Standard
      Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
      Interior
      Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
      Front Legroom 42 in 41.4 in
      Back Legroom 35.1 in 36.5 in
      Payload and Towing
      Cargo Volume 13 cu ft 10 cu ft
      Exterior
      Length 182.8 in 194.6 in
      Width 80 in 83.7 in
      Height 56.3 in 58.4 in
      Wheelbase 110.6 in 117.1 in

      Available Options

      2018 BMW 3 Series
      320i Sedan RWD

      Exterior Colors

      • Alpine White
      • Black Sapphire Metallic
      • Glacier Silver Metallic
      • Jatoba Brown Metallic
      • Jet Black
      • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
      • Melbourne Red Metallic
      • Mineral Gray Metallic
      • Mineral White Metallic
      • Platinum Silver Metallic
      • Sunset Orange Metallic

      Option Packages

      • Navigation System
      • Wireless Charging
      • Burl Walnut Wood Trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome
      • Fineline Anthracite Wood Trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome
      • Brushed Aluminum Trim with High-Gloss Black Accent
      • Convenience Package
      • Premium Package
      • Sport Package
      • Track Handling Package
      • Active Blind-Spot Detection
      • Driving Assistance Package
      • Park Distance Control
      • Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Oyster, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Venetian Beige/Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Heated Front Seats
      • Wheels: 18" x 8" Light Alloy Turbine (Style 415)
      2018 BMW 5 Series
      530e iPerformance Sedan RWD

      Exterior Colors

      • Almandine Brown Metallic
      • Alpine White
      • Atlas Cedar Metallic
      • Azurite Black Metallic
      • Black Sapphire Metallic
      • Bluestone Metallic
      • Carbon Black Metallic
      • Cashmere Silver Metallic
      • Champagne Quartz Metallic
      • Dark Graphite Metallic
      • Glacier Silver Metallic
      • Imperial Blue Metallic
      • Jatoba Brown Metallic
      • Jet Black
      • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
      • Mineral White Metallic
      • Rhodonite Silver Metallic

      Option Packages

      • Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System
      • Harman Kardon Surround Sound System
      • Power Rear Sunshade
      • Soft-Close Automatic Doors
      • Dynamic Damper Control
      • Lighting Package
      • Power Tailgate
      • Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
      • Anthracite Alcantara Headliner
      • Ceramic Controls
      • Leather Dashboard
      • Plum Brown Wood Trim
      • SensaTec Dashboard
      • Cold Weather Package
      • Dynamic Handling Package
      • Executive Package
      • Luxury Package
      • M Sport Package
      • M Sport Package 2
      • Premium Package
      • Premium Package 2
      • Driver Assistance Plus
      • Driving Assistance Package
      • M Sport Brakes
      • Piano Finish Black Trim
      • Active Driving Assistant
      • Head-Up Display
      • Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
      • Park Distance Control
      • Parking Assistance Package
      • Caramel/Black, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
      • Smoke White/Black, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
      • Tartufo, BMW Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
      • Black with Blue, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Black, Nappa Leather Upholstery
      • Canberra Beige/Black, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Cognac, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Ivory White with Dark Coffee, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Ivory White with Dark Coffee, Nappa Leather Upholstery
      • Ivory White, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Ivory White, Nappa Leather Upholstery
      • Mocha, Nappa Leather Upholstery
      • Multi-Contour Seats
      • Night Blue, Dakota Leather Upholstery
      • Heated Front Seats
      • Luxury Seating Package
      • Wheels: 19" X 8" V-Spoke (Style 635)
      • Wheels: FR 19" X 8" & RR 19" X 9" V-Spoke

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