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By Product Expert | Posted in BMW, Luxury on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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Differences between BMW 3-Series and 5-Series

There are several BMW models, but when you are talking about sedans, they get broken up into series numbers with the 3-Series and the 5-Series being amongst the most popular. What are the differences between BMW 3-Series and 5-Series models? For the most part, it comes down to performance and luxury, of which the 5-Series ranks higher on the spectrum, but let’s dive deeper with specific specs, numbers, and features.

2019 BMW M3 blue side view driftingBody style differences of the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series

At their cores, both of these models are four-door sedans, and the 5-Series is larger overall. However, the 3-Series offers more body style options with a Sports Wagon design and a Gran Turismo design. The latter of which is still a four door but features a fastback roof more akin to a coupe.


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Performance comparison of the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series

Here’s where the real differences will start to shine. We’ve broken things down by starting horsepower and max horsepower along with 0-60 mph times. Both of these models also have M variants which prioritize performance above all else. We’ve included their top numbers below as well.

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3-Series Performance

Base Horsepower: 180
Base 0-60 mph: 7.1 Seconds
Max Horsepower: 320
Top 0-60 mph : 4.6 Seconds

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M3 Performance

Max Horsepower: 425
Top 0-60 mph: 3.9 Seconds

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5-Series Performance

Base Horsepower: 248
Base 0-60 mph: 6.0 Seconds
Max Horsepower: 456
Top 0-60 mph: 3.9 Seconds

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M3 Performance

Max Horsepower: 617
Top 0-60 mph: 3.1 Seconds

There are also weight considerations to be made, and though the 5-Series is faster, it also weighs more and provides a less nimble handling experience. Both even provide an all-wheel-drive option. Realistically, there is no right answer when deciding between the vehicles. Your best bet after considering price is to simply get behind the wheel and see for yourself.

Where to buy pre-owned BMW models near Chicago

If you are looking for a BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, or something else entirely, then Apex Motorworks near Chicago is ready to help you out. We always have a lot of BMW options in our inventory at all times. What’s more, we are located in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, making us easy to get to even for out-of-state customers. Come see us today or see our inventory by clicking the link below.

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