2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan vs. 2020 Genesis G80

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The 5 Series Sedan has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G80 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 5 Series Sedan offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 G80 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Compared to metal, the 5 Series Sedan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the 5 Series Sedan and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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

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The 5 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G80’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Engine

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The 5 Series Sedan has more powerful engines than the G80:

Horsepower

Torque

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

M550i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

311 HP

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the 530i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the G80 3.8 DOHC V6:

5 Series

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.5 MPH

97 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the 540i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder is faster than the G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6:

5 Series

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

12.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.6 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 5 Series Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

MPG

5 Series Sedan

RWD

530i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/32 hwy

AWD

530i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

M550i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

G80

RWD

3.3 Turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.3 Turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 5 Series Sedan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G80 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 G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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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 G80 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M550i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the G80:

530i

M550i

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

13 inches

The 5 Series Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G80 3.8 are solid, not vented.

The 5 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the G80:

5 Series Sedan

G80

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 G80’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 5 Series Sedan offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G80’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 G80 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 5 Series Sedan 540i/M550i offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The G80 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The M550i offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Genesis doesn’t offer an active suspension on the G80.

The M550i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the G80 3.8 AWD pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M550i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (24.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

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The BMW 5 Series Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

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 G80 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 540i is quieter than the G80 5.0:

5 Series Sedan

G80

At idle

38 dB

39 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The 5 Series Sedan has .4 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the G80.

Cargo Capacity

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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 G80’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

The 5 Series Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G80, the 5 Series Sedan offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 5 Series Sedan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G80.

The 5 Series Sedan’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The G80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 5 Series Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 5 Series Sedan will cost $185 less than the G80 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 5 Series Sedan is less expensive to operate than the G80 because it costs $481 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the 5 Series Sedan than the G80, including $44 less for a power steering pump.

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The BMW 5 Series outsold the Genesis G80 by over five to one during 2019.

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