2020 Lexus GS Series vs. 2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GS Series 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 Lexus GS Series 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 GS Series has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GS Series and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, night vision systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 5 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 5 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the GS Series has a standard 580-amp battery. The 5 Series Sedan’s 570-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 GS Series’ reliability 34 points higher than the 5 Series Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The GS Series’ 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 63 more horsepower (311 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the 530i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lexus GS Series is faster than the 530i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

GS Series

5 Series Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

95 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The GS Series stops much shorter than the 5 Series Sedan:

GS Series

5 Series Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The GS 350 handles at .94 G’s, while the 530i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GS 350 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 530i (25.4 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GS Series’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The GS Series AWD’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The GS Series has .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the 5 Series Sedan.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The GS Series 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.

The GS Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 5 Series Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the GS Series’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 5 Series Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The GS Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GS Series is less expensive to operate than the 5 Series Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the GS Series than the 5 Series Sedan, including $117 less for a water pump, $534 less for a muffler, $98 less for front brake pads, $82 less for a fuel pump and $249 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus GS Series will be $4424 to $19236 less than for the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus GS Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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