2017 Lexus ES & GS vs. BMW 5-Series


If you are considering your choices for a mid-size luxury sedan, you may very well have narrowed the field to two: the 2017 Lexus GS and the 2017 BMW-5 Series. Before you settle in on those two choices, it may behoove you to slot a third competitor into the mix: the 2017 Lexus ES, which offers comparable proportions, style, power, and amenities for a considerably lower starting price. To see how all three stack up against one another, let’s take a look at their various features. 

Interior & Design

Lexus ES, Lexus GS And BMW 5-Series Interior

Of the three vehicles discussed, the 2017 BMW 530i is the longest and widest of the lot. The 2017 Lexus GS offers the most compact body length of the three at 192.1 inches, and the 2017 ES 350 is the narrowest with a width of 71.7 inches, making these two sedans more ideal for maneuvering the urban landscape of Orlando. Both the Lexus ES and GS have more leg room than the BMW (41.4 inches in the front and a class-leading 40 inches in the rear for the ES; 42.3 inches in the front and 36.8 inches in the rear for the GS; 41.4 inches in the front and 36.5 inches in the rear for the 530i), and the GS bests the 530i in terms of rear headroom (36.8 inches to 36.5 inches). What’s more, both the 2017 Lexus ES and GS are more aggressively styled than the 5 Series sedan, making a more immediate first impression to passersby. On the inside, both Lexus sedans offer superlative customization to help match their exterior style, making them comprehensively striking.

Technology & Safety

LexusES, Lexus GS, and BMW 5-Series Technology

As one could readily assume, the BMW 5-Series, Lexus ES, and Lexus GS are all equipped with the industry’s most cutting-edge information, entertainment, and safety technology. Where the 2017 Lexus GS has a major leg up is with its industry-first 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, which allows you to simultaneously access climate controls, audio controls, or the voice-activated Navigation System with which it is packaged. Of the three, only the Lexus ES and GS are offered with Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio Systems: the former can be packaged with a 15-speaker, 835-watt version with Clari-Fi™ technology while the latter gets 17 speakers for almost impossibly clear audio quality. Both are also offered with Lexus Enform App Suite, which provides instant access to mobile apps like Yelp, iHeartRadio, and MovieTickets.com through the center-console display and can be controlled using Lexus’ advanced voice recognition system. 


Lexus ES, Lexus GS, and BMW 5 Series

Both the 2017 Lexus GS and 2017 BMW 530i are offered standard with a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine at base; the 5 Series gets the slight advantage in terms of output with 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the GS’s 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In terms of bang for the buck, however, the Lexus ES 350—priced starting at $38,900 MSRP to the GS Turbo’s starting MSRP of $46,310 and the BMW 530i’s starting price of $51,200—comes standard with a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The GS and 5 Series are also offered with their own powerful V6 engines, but the price to upgrade to a 540i sedan makes the BMW $17,500 more expensive than the V6-equipped ES.


It seems clear enough that the Lexus ES and GS offer more choice, value, and style than the BMW 5-Series. If you are in the market for a luxury sedan and have decided to pick the first name in all things premium, check out our stock of 2017 Lexus GS and 2017 Lexus ES sedans, and be sure to schedule test drive at our Winter Park Lexus dealership serving the whole of Central Florida.

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