When it comes to luxury, BMW models are at the head of the pack. No matter what model you choose, you can be guaranteed premium quality, state-of-the-art engineering, and elegant comfort. But which BMW is right for you? The naming conventions on luxury vehicles can be confusing, so we are going to compare BMW 3 Series vs 4 Series vs 5 Series models and see which one might be ideal.
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BMW 3 Series vs 4 Series vs 5 Series
A good general rule of thumb is that the larger the number in a BMW vehicle name, the larger the model. That means that the BMW 7 Series (which delivers one of the best user experiences on the road) is a full-size sedan, while the BMW 3 Series is a compact model. In recent years, even numbers will also indicate a coupe or convertible, but that may not be true if you are shopping in used BMW inventory. Break down the differences below:
BMW 3 Series
Well-rounded and elegant, the BMW 3 Series is an attractive compact luxury sedan with a sporty attitude. Whether you are looking for a comfortable and reliable luxury commuting vehicle, or want a little zip and fun in your life, the 3 Series delivers. Current models are sedan only, but in the past, this model has also been available as a wagon, coupe, and convertible.
BMW 4 Series
Starting in the 2014 model year, the BMW 4 Series was divided from the BMW 3 Series. Like its sister-vehicle, the BMW 4 Series is a compact sport-luxury vehicle. Unlike the 3 Series, the 4 Series comes only in two-door coupe or convertible body styles. In either model, the 4 Series delivers top comfort, engaging handling, and premium features ideal for any driver.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is somewhat larger than the 3 Series and 4 Series. It is a midsize luxury sedan that uses either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive to deliver premium handling. Some wagon models are available when you are shopping for a pre-owned BMW, but generally speaking, this model will be a sedan. Several engine options are available for different needs.