Comparing the BMW 5 Series vs. the BMW 3 Series in Jacksonville

If you have been eyeing either a BMW 5 Series or a BMW 3 Series and have been trying to decide which of these two BMW models is right for you, then this is the perfect article for you. We will be discussing the key similarities and differences between both these models so you can make a decision that is the best fit for you. While both are fantastic options, one might have just what you are looking for over the other. In this comparison, we are going to be taking a look at each unique feature of these five-person four-door luxury sedans.


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Space and Interior Design Features

When taking a look at one of the first major differences between the BMW 3 Series and the BWM 5 Series is the size. While both feature seating for five and four doors the BMW 5 Series is the larger sedan, so if you are looking for a roomier car with more cargo space, room for a taller passengers and overall more headroom than the BMW 5 Series is the option for you.

The dash layout in both is relatively similar with the BMW 5 Series featuring more modern lines to the BMW 3 Series. The BMW 5-Series does take luxury up a notch with additional leather accents and premium plastics, making the overall feel a bit more elegant and plusher.

While the BMW 3 Series is smaller than the 5 Series, it does offer an impressive amount of cargo and passenger space. There are also additional storage compartments making the 3 Series a very capable family vehicle. The 5 Series gives you a more space across the board, with 530-liter boot and additional storage cubbies as well.

Both models feature BMW's iDrive system, infotainment touchscreens, heated seats, heated steering wheels, and many more luxury features you would expect from BMW. Think of the BMW 5 Series as the older sibling to the BMW 3 Series, taking each feature and elevating it.

Overall Practicality and Performance

The BMW 3 Series features a 1.5-liter engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged option. If you are looking for even more power, you can opt for a 3.0-liter turbo petrol engine. The BMW 3 Series is capable of producing up to 250 horsepower which is a lot of punch from the accelerator.

The BMW 5 Series also comes with a vast range of engine options, so no matter how you like to drive, there is an engine ready to adapt to your needs. There is an economical 2.0-liter engine that creates 49 MPG on the highway! There is a 3.0-liter turbo for impressive power with xDrive four-wheel-drive. And, if you are looking for a diesel option, there is also a 3.0-liter diesel engine with 465 horsepower and a 68.8 MPG range.


The BMW 5 Series and the BMW 3 Series are both stunning models that are both worth your time and attention. Overall the BMW 3 Series is a more agile, smaller luxury sedan. If you are looking for additional space, then the BMW 5 Series is the better option. While its price point is a bit higher than the BMW 3 Series, you'll be equipped with additional luxury features that make the added cost worth it.

We hope that if you are in Saint Augustine or Middleburg FL looking for your next luxury sedan, that you visit Tom Bush BMW Orange Park to give both of these stunning sedans a test drive. We will assist you further in discovering the differences between the two so that when it comes time to find your perfect fit, you'll know just which model you want to drive home to Gainesville.