2021 BMW 3 Series vs. 2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 3 Series vs 2021 BMW 5 Series comparison image of vehicles' exterior
2021 BMW 3 Series


2021 BMW 5 Series
$41,250 MSRP

Starting Price

$54,200 MSRP
255 hp / 295 lb-ft of torque

Standard Engine Specs

248 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque
0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

Standard Acceleration

0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds
42.0 / 35.2 inches

Front / Rear Legroom

41.4 / 36.5 inches
38.7 / 37.6 inches

Front / Rear Headroom

38.8 inches for both rows
17.0 cubic feet

Trunk Space

18.7 cubic feet


If you’re shopping around Syosset for a luxury sedan, you’ll want to explore the BMW sedans on the lot at Rallye BMW. After all, BMW is one of the most iconic producers of luxury sedans on the market. Two of the most popular options are the 2021 BMW 3 Series and 2021 BMW 5 Series. Take a moment to compare their BMW sedan price, performance and features. Then, fill out a pre-approval and reach out to Rallye BMW.

BMW Sedan Price

Compare these BMW models on pricing, and you’ll find that both models offer diverse and high-value price-points for Roslyn drivers’ budgets. That said, the BMW 3 Series is one affordable bracket below the BMW 5 Series price range: 

2021 BMW 3 Series Price:

  • BMW 330i — starting at $41,250 MSRP
  • BMW 330i xDrive — starting at $43,250 MSRP
  • BMW 330e — starting at $44,550 MSRP
  • BMW 330e xDrive — starting at $46,550 MSRP
  • BMW M340i — starting at $54,700 MSRP
  • BMW M340i xDrive — starting at $56,700 MSRP

The 2021 BMW 5 Series Price:

  • BMW 530i — starting at $54,200 MSRP
  • BMW 530i xDrive — starting at $56,500 MSRP
  • BMW 530e (hybrid) — $57,200
  • BMW 540i — starting at $59,450 MSRP
  • BMW 530e xDrive — $59,500
  • BMW 540i xDrive — starting at $61,750 MSRP
  • BMW M550i xDrive — starting at $76,800 MSRP

BMW Sedan Performance

When comparing the BMW 3 Series vs. BMW 5 Series on performance, you’ll find that their base trims share the same standard 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline engine and an eight-speed automatic sport transmission. That said, its engine specs vary depending upon which model you choose. 

  • On the BMW 3 Series, you’ll net 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. On the 5 Series, you can expect 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  • As for 0-60 mph times, the 3 Series can hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with the 3 Series, compared to 5.9 seconds for the BMW 5 Series.

BMW Sedan Interior Features

The nimble 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan comes standard with the following features:

  • The iDrive 6.0 system, SensaTec upholstery with 14-way power front seats, Navigation, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

The roomy and well-equipped 2021 BMW 5 Series interior comes standard with the following:

  • The iDrive 7.0 system, SensaTec upholstery with 16-way power front sport seats with two-way power side bolsters, Navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, 8 freely programmable bookmarks, and 32 GB of multimedia storage.

Compare BMW Models With Test Drives in Westbury

You’ve read our 2021 BMW 3 Series vs. 5 Series comparison, and seen how these BMW sedans stack up when it comes to BMW sedan price, performance, and features. Now, it’s time to test drive them both near Jericho at Rallye BMW! Just give us a call at (516) 226-7651 to book your appointment. While you’re here, take a moment to explore our BMW research guides for other informative reads about signature BMW features, like our overview of ConnectedDrive! And if you’re comparing other BMW models such as our crossover/SUV lineup, take a look at the 2021 BMW X4 vs the 2021 BMW X6.

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