2019 BMW 5 Series Sedan vs. 2019 Genesis G90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 5 Series Sedan has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G90 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 5 Series Sedan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The G90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 5 Series Sedan and the G90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

The 5 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G90’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 5 Series Sedan’s reliability 32 points higher than the G90.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 4 places higher in reliability than Genesis.

Engine

The M550i’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 35 more horsepower (455 vs. 420) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 383) than the G90 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the 540i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. is faster than the G90 5.0 DOHC V8:

 

5 Series Sedan

G90

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

105 MPH

Top Speed

155 MPH

148 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 5 Series Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

 

 

5 Series Sedan

G90

 

RWD

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3 turbo V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

5.0 V8/Auto

AWD

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3 turbo V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

5.0 V8/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 5 Series Sedan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 5 Series Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The 5 Series Sedan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The G90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The 5 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the G90:

 

5 Series Sedan

G90

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The 5 Series Sedan’s optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 5 Series Sedan offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 5 Series Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The M550i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the G90 3.3T AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M550i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (24.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW 5 Series Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 850 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The 5 Series Sedan is 10.3 inches shorter than the G90, making the 5 Series Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the 5 Series Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The 5 Series Sedan has a much larger trunk than the G90 (18.7 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 5 Series Sedan easier. The 5 Series Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.2 inches, while the G90’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

The 5 Series Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the 5 Series Sedan the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The 5 Series Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the G90’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

The 5 Series Sedan’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 5 Series Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW 5 Series outsold the Genesis G90 by almost 20 to one during 2018.

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