BMW has always been a respected, and indeed, a reputable car brand when it comes to high-performing engine, sturdy and aerodynamic structure, and world-class aesthetics. Perhaps, you might be thinking about buying your BMW. BMW has introduced the 2016 BMW 3 Series and 2016 BMW 5 Series to the public, both compete fairly as entry-level luxury cars. Either of these vehicles is perfect for the aficionados who want a BMW for daily drives.
However, choosing between the two may be very confusing since both models almost share the same stability and performance. “Which is a better buy?” you might think. First, let’s discuss the differences of the two and what makes the other above the another.
Highlights of 2016 BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 series had always been a trend since its beginning in 1975. Now, it is in its sixth generation with a humungous amount of improvements both in the exterior and interior.
The BMW 3 Series stayed compact as it is with many notable features. The 2016 models have LED headlights in a cornered contour while the taillights were reshaped with the inward angle.
The interior has also received slight updates with a richer look and more classic appeal. Most of the interior are polished in the glossy-black finish. Though the interior update is small, car aficionados can tell the difference. The infotainment is improved with some updates that making it give quicker and accurate response.
While refinements in the aesthetics are vital, the reinforcement under the skin is more crucial. The power steering has been retuned for more efficient and precise steering, refined rear shock absorbers (dampers) for more stability, and new struts on the front.
Talking about the engine, the models 320i and 328i still use the N20 Turbocharge straight-4 that features twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve lift, variable valve timing, and a gasoline direct injection.
Highlights of 2016 BMW 5 Series
Also in its sixth generation, the BMW 5 Series have groundbreaking benchmarks making it one of BMW’s best-selling mid-range luxury car. This series is on the market not to compete with the BMW 3 series but rather to compete with its closest rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
While it is almost true that BMW 5 Series have similar looks with the BMW 3 Series, aficionados can still identify its distinctive features such as the LED headlight with more rounded corners, unlike BMW 3 Series’ edgy contour. This design of the BMW 5 Series is a redefined version of the BMW E34 model launched in 1988.
Some of the changes made in the 2016 model of BMW 5 Series are the enhanced connectivity both for USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and the other is the removal of the Pyrite Brown polish in the Sedan models 535i, 535d, 550i, and the Active Hybrid 5 models. Happily, they added another classic color, the Tanzanite Blue Metallic. The infotainment has also been upgraded, more real-time, and more efficient.
The 2016 BMW 5 Series is utilized with a petrol engine, a hybrid powertrain, and a turbocharged direct injection. The 550i model of the 5-Series is dynamic with its twin-turbo V8 engine with variable valve lift and variable valve timing by BMW. The engine can make to 445 hp that can drive the car from zero speed to 60mph in just 5 seconds.
Which is Better?
The question now is, which is better? To answer the question, let’s dissect how each one of them plays in each category:
On the outside, both have similar world-class appeal with some details that might be an “issue” to car enthusiasts. The 2016 BMW 3 Series have headlights with angled contour, pushing the edges towards the kidney grille. On the other hand, the 2016 BMW 5 Series have more curved corners but still have the LED lights. The 3-series is compact, while the 5-series is broader.
Both car models have enhanced infotainment functions. Also, both series have same interior – the dashboard, the cabin, and the steering wheel. However, they differentiate to the materials used. The 5-series used better materials. Also, it has larger cabins and a bigger trunk.
The 2016 BMW 3 and 5 series both have impressive engine works. The M3 of the 2016 3 Series boasts 425 horsepower turbocharged straight-6, while the M5 of BMW 5 series boasts 560 horsepower turbocharged V8. Both series have various engine types to accommodate the needs of many aficionados. Others may opt to 320i or 328i (3 Series) and 528i (5 Series) for base level. For an upgrade, 340i (3 Series) makes 320 hp while 535i (5 Series) makes 300 hp.
The 2016 BMW 5 Series price – offering more beautiful interior and a broader exterior – is higher than the 2016 BMW 3 Series.
When it comes to performance, both series can win the trophy. They have slight differences in the exterior, interior, and engine, but neither one flanks in quality. The 2016 BMW 3 Series cars are compact and more practical, while the 5 series cars are spacious and more conventional. But if you are more concerned about the price though, you might want to consider buying the BMW 3 series. But not because the price is lower means the car is “cheap.” The quality is almost the same only with some minor differences.