Now that we’ve seen the world premiere of the BMW G30 5 Series, we know that it heavily borrows its design, both exterior and interior, from its older brother, the 7 Series. So, we thought it best to do a quick photo comparison between the two, to see how the 7 Series’ design language has translated to the 5 Series.

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The two look remarkably similar in almost all exterior aspects. But their similarities are most apparent in profile The C-pillars on both cars are remarkably similar, as are the rear decklids and the sloping noses. BMW did wisely ditch the ‘hockey stick’ style air-breather and went with a more traditional vent for the 5 Series, though. The new 5er is also more muscular looking and better looking. My personal favorite aspect of the 5 Series is the front portion of the shoulder line, just before the front wheel arch. It gives the front end a muscularity that the previous-gen didn’t have and even reminds me of the BMW M2.

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Out back, the resemblance is quite apparent, but not as much as down the sides. The taillights on the 5er are clearly inspired by the 7 Series, but aren’t exact. The 5 Series also has a bit of a taller rear end that seems a bit tidier. The 7 Series seems to droop lower and is much wider, both literally and visually. The 7er’s horizontal bar between the headlights is thankfully gone on the 5 Series, which allows the 5er to seem a bit narrower and more athletic.


On the inside, the two cars are almost indistinguishable. So much so, in fact, that it had caused confusion for many websites who were posting 5 Series leaked interior photos, which were actually just 7 Series photos. The only real differences are the front dash trim, the smaller nav screen and the black control display surround, as opposed to the 7 Series’ silver one. The 7 Series also has a wider center console and some more leather throughout the cabin. But at first glance, they’re remarkably similar. Which is a compliment to the 5 Series, as customers will be getting an interior fit for a 7 Series in a car that costs significantly less.

Overall, the 5 Series seems to be a successful evolution of the 7 Series’ design language: keeping what works and improving what doesn’t. This is the case both inside and out and, at this rate, we’re very excited to see where BMW takes this design.