2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The G90 has standard Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the G90 and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The G90 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The 5 Series Sedan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 5 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 5 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G90 has a standard 950-amp battery. The 5 Series Sedan’s 570-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G90 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G90’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 5 Series Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G90 first among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The 5 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine

The G90 has more powerful engines than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G90 3.3T turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G90 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

530i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

540i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G90 3.3T is faster than the 530i:

 

G90

5 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.9 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 5 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 5 Series Sedan (21.9 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G90’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 5 Series Sedan:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

530i

M550i

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the 5 Series Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R18).

The G90’s 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 5 Series Sedan’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 5 Series Sedan.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 7.3 inches longer than on the 5 Series Sedan (124.4 inches vs. 117.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the G90 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the 5 Series Sedan.

For better maneuverability, the G90’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (39.2 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The G90’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (39.2 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the G90 a Large car, while the 5 Series Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The G90 has 14.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 5 Series Sedan (113.2 vs. 98.8).

The G90 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G90 5.0’s rear seats recline. The 5 Series Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the G90 is 1.8 inches lower than the 5 Series Sedan (14” vs. 15.8”). The G90’s rear step up height is 1.6 inches lower than the 5 Series Sedan’s (14.2” vs. 15.8”).

Ergonomics

The G90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G90 has standard extendable sun visors. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The G90 has standard front air-conditioned seats and the G90 5.0 also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The G90 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Genesis G90 and the BMW 5 Series Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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