Motortrend: Executive Privileges – Luxury Sport Sedan Comparison

5-series | December 22nd, 2009 by 21
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The end of the year always brings out interesting reviews, comparisons or rankings. Automotive magazine, MotorTrend compiled a list of the most popular luxury sport …

The end of the year always brings out interesting reviews, comparisons or rankings. Automotive magazine, MotorTrend compiled a list of the most popular luxury sport sedans, in the $50,000 range.

As one would expect, the current generation E60 BMW 5 Series made the list along with some of its classic competitors: Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the Infiniti M35.

The BMW chosen was the 535i powered by the six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Despite the upcoming bodystyle change, the E60 5 Series takes the crown this time as well, outclassing the Audi A6 3.0T Quattro and the Mercedes-Benz E350.

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Here is an excerpt from their review:

Scan the present offerings — Acura RL, Audi A6 3.0T, BMW 535i, Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI, Infiniti M35, Jaguar XF 4.2, Lexus GS 350, and Mercedes-Benz E350 — and the average base price comes out to nearly $49,000, with a high of $52,000 (XF) and a low of $44,650 (CTS). Through September 2009, sales of these nameplates were down 29 percent compared with 2008, but that still translates to nearly 110,000 Americans writing $50,000 checks during those nine months. Recession? That just means S-Class buyers and the like are stepping down to E-Class territory.

To determine which of these eight sport sedans best justifies its premium pricetag, we headed to the formidable and telling roads in Malibu, where our assembly of editors scrutinized, evaluated, and debated the merits (and demerits) of each.


The fifth-generation, Chris Bangle-designed “E60” 5 Series quickly knocked any notions of “past its prime” right out of our collective heads. “Yeah, I know it’s old, but I love, love, love this car,” writes Ed Loh. “So much fun to drive, even if I can’t give the car bonus points for allowing me to row the gears myself. Unlike many here, this one actually feels fast. Sonorous engine note, excellent driver controls (M Sport steering wheel and shifter), and near-telepathic steering.”

Our other editors’ notebook commentaries read much like Ed’s — and for good reason. The 535i’s twin-turbo inline-six romps with a neat 300 horses and 300 pound-feet; it’s seemingly always on the boil, ready with plentiful torque and go at almost any rpm — even with the optional six-speed auto (a six-speed manual is standard).

Indeed, the motor doesn’t really feel like a turbo — it suffers from zero lag, and any turbo whine is well-muted. All you notice is smooth power. Speed comes easily to the 535i: It delivered the quickest 0-to-60 time and tied the Lexus’ quarter-mile elapsed time. Yet the Bimmer also tied with the Lexus for best observed fuel efficiency (it and the GS 350 being the two lightest cars in the field).

To read the detailed comparison (well worth it in our opinion), head over to MotorTrend.

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21 responses to “Motortrend: Executive Privileges – Luxury Sport Sedan Comparison”

  1. Joe says:

    Wow.. and this is the outgoing model.. go BMW.

  2. sg says:

    Even if the E60 is past now, i m still jealous that on the US soil you guys were able to buy the 535i with the 6-inline. We on the old continent didnt get it …. : (

  3. Babken says:

    Once again we witness the established truth: BMW is always one step ahead of mercedes and the rest of its competitors.

  4. L1ndja says:

    Yeah thats what im talking about !

  5. Saleem says:

    I’m happy to see Audi beat Merc in this one. My BMW dissapointed me terribly int the show these past few day I should have gotten an XI

  6. Babken says:

    My friends,
    viper seems to have committed suicide after reading this article.

    • XC says:

      Rotfl… Naaa, bad seed never dies…

    • viper says:

      you wish you son….obviously someone was paid by bmw to win here , but the 535i really is something Ill have to admit and with manual tranny , its great tho, Id go with E350 then A6 or 5er , Id have to drive them first then decide , but as far as looks , bmw is the worst by far….overall its E60 vs brand new E class and uber jet set A6 and the E60 won?…maybe the engine won but not the whole car

  7. p.wong says:

    wow, good thing 4 audi…i hope jag does better in the future but what happened 2 mb? bmw rules man, cant wait to put my hands on the new 5 series it will be epiccccccccccc

  8. Rebaz Kamal says:

    BMW is the king of the road, period.

  9. Babken says:

    Now I’ve become convinced that you’ve got a 2-year-old child’s brains. You’re a pathetic mercedes fanboy, i.e. an absolute loser. To be honest every time a new comparison is made between BMW and mercedes the result of which is BMW’s ultimate win (as always) I’m looking for your silly comments to laugh at your stupidity and ignorance. And so does the whole community. So go on, stupid little floor cloth.

    • viper says:

      yeah its a bmw blog ofcourse bmw will win every time , just like m5 m6 , they cheat to win , they brake just that bmw could cross the finish line first , I understand ur weak fanboy logic , bmw asskisser , u always be second or third , but bmw makes great engines but thats not the whole point is it…

  10. Babken says:

    Also, guys,
    Did you notice what viper the idiot wrote? Just look:
    “someone was paid by bmw to win here”.
    Ha-ha-ha. It’s becoming more and more entertaining. Viper is just like one of those little kids sucking their index finger and crying:”Mama, buy me an ice cream, or I’ll drop myself down onto the floor.”

  11. X5 SoB says:

    Vipre can’t even write a proper sentence, much less use punctuation or capitilization, he is a retard and an embarassment to BMWBLOG and most likely his parents as well.
    That said, the E60 will be looked upon as a classic twenty years from now.

    • efoza says:

      Well said. I agree. I also think that if the new GT is anything to go by the next 5 series is also bound to be just as good and perhaps even better.

  12. efoza says:

    I note Viper is making sily comments again. Viper, please restrain yourself for the benefit of ALL of us including the those who like the company which pays you to knock BMW. I thank you in advance.

  13. SWAN says:


    BMW proves it point once again.
    It’s sad to see that a 2010 Mercedes E-Class(horribly styled) beaten by a 2009 BMW 535i. Munich once again shows its dominance over the the fading star in Stuttgart.

    To all the Audi fangirls(men included), you have come close but not enough, congrats nonetheless seeing as though you have now become synonymous with the numeral 2.

    My apologies in advance, as the new model will be out with improvements galore on yet another masterpiece from style to performance.

  14. wazon8 says:

    Viper, you overlooked that this comparision is made by Motor Trend, not BMW BLOG and that Audi had to pay to Motor Trend eighter :/. Well, your attitude is the essence of being MB fanboy. BTW, you complained that M6 won on straight line with Lambo Gallardo on movie, but the problem is that it’s perfectly in order, bacause M6 has 13,2 sec. to 200km/h, whereas Gllardo has 13.8 sec. Once again, you could know it easly, but first you didn’t have to be biased against BMW, which is hard in your case.

  15. julien says:


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