If you’re looking for a smooth and stylish ride to cruise around Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, NY, you need a high-end full-size sedan. Even though these incredible cars stand apart from your typical sedan, there are still so many to choose from. After all, the sedan market is the most competitive market of any class of car. How do you know, then, which is right for you?

When you’re looking for a luxury sedan that’s equipped with incredible performance, advanced technology, and comprehensive safety features, the 2020 BMW 5 Series and 2020 Lexus GS are two of the best options you have. While both vehicles offer similar, ride-enhancing features, you can only choose one.

To help you decide between the two, we here at BMW of Manhattan have created this BMW 5 Series vs. Lexus GS comparison. In this, you’ll learn all about the differences between the 5 Series and GS sedans and discover which sedan is best suited for your needs.

Keep reading to learn more!

2020 BMW M5 Engine Specs

BMW M5 Parked

Performance Capability

When you’re behind the wheel of a high-end sedan, you expect exceptional performance. Both vehicles will impress. While the 2020 Lexus GS takes the advantage with its standard 3.5L V6 engine capable of producing 311 horsepower, compared to the 2.0L TwinPower Turbo engine of the 5 Series, which produces 248 horsepower, the 2020 BMW 5 Series quickly pulls ahead with its next powerful engine.

In fact, there are two additional engine configurations offered with the BMW 5 Series. The Lexus GS, on the other hand, only comes in one engine configuration. Let’s see how these three engines compare to one another:

BMW 5 Series vs Lexus GS: Performance Specs


5 Series 540i

5 Series M550i



3.0L TwinPower Turbo

4.4L BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8

3.5L V6


335 HP

523 HP

311 HP


(0-60 MPH)

4.9 seconds

3.6 seconds

5.7 seconds

On top of offering better performance, the BMW 5 Series also has a better fuel economy with its EPA-estimated 25 city/33 highway MPG. The Lexus GS will get left behind since it’ll have to make far more trips with its EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG.

While the GS does have all-wheel drive options, they’re not quite as advanced as the xDrive system of the 5 Series. Available at every trim level, including the hybrids, the xDrive system puts control firmly in your hands. The car’s traction is enhanced substantially as the system detects road conditions and makes adjustments automatically on the fly.

2020 BMW M5 Interior

BMW 5 Series Interior Dashboard

BMW 5 Series vs Lexus GS: Technology

As high-end sedans, these cars are packed with incredible tech. However, the GS can’t match up to the iDrive 7.0 system of the 5 Series. The GS may be able to boast an oversized 12.3-inch screen, but so can the BMW 5 Series.

Examining the technology features of the BMW 5 Series vs. Lexus GS, you further see the advantage the iDrive 7.0 feature provides with its extra abilities like state-of-the-art natural language understanding and Optional Gesture Control. Thanks to these features, navigating roads and your infotainment system has never been easier.

Another difference between the technology offered with the BMW 5 Series and the Lexus GS technology features is the standard Connected Package Professional system with the BMW 5 Series. This package includes:

  • Real Time Traffic and On-Street Parking Availability
  • Hazard Preview
  • BMW Remote services (Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock, etc.)

The Lexus GS offers similar features—like the standard subscription-free Traffic and Weather service, Lexus Enform Remote, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist—but these features aren’t nearly as impressive. For starters, you won’t get on-street parking updates to help you find a spot in the city or Hazard Preview to let you know of upcoming accidents, slippery surfaces, and more.

You also won’t be able to quickly locate your luxury sedan in case it was stolen.

As you can see, you’ll have far more technology features when you drive a BMW 5 Series than you would if you drive the Lexus GS.

Driving a BMW M5

BMW M5 Interior

Interior Features

When you own a car, you see the interior more than anything else. Some days it may even feel like you see the inside of your sedan more than your own home. That’s why—especially on days you’re constantly running errands—you need a vehicle that’s equipped with only top-of-the-line amenities.

You can expect luxury from both sedans, but, like in all the other categories, one proves to be superior.

In terms of space, both sedans offer about the same amount of passenger space. Although, the 5 Series has a slight advantage in headroom and shoulder room, allowing for a more spacious commute. While these differences are by fractions of inches, you’ll be thankful for those extra inches when you hit the open road for your next road trip—even if it’s just to head out of the city.

The real difference occurs when you look to the other premium features found inside these two sedans. The BMW 5 Series offers lots of comfort features that aren’t offered to the same impressiveness as the GS, like the BMW Extended Ambient Lighting with 11 selectable light designs or 16-way power front seats.

The safety features offered with the BMW 5 Series are also more impressive, thanks to the sensors of the BMW Active Protection System. With this, when an unavoidable crash is detected, the seatbelts will automatically pretension, the windows and moonroof will close, and post-crash braking is enabled.

None of these enhanced safety features are offered with the 2020 Lexus GS.

Test Drive the 2020 BMW 5 Series

While both sedans are incredible, the 5 Series is the clear winner in the BMW 5 Series vs. Lexus GS matchup. Reading about it can only give you a limited understanding, however. The only real way to learn what the 5 Series can offer is to experience it for yourself. If you live in Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx, New York, you can do just that at BMW of Manhattan.

Our friendly team is ready to offer all the help and knowledge you need to find the best vehicle for you, so visit us to schedule your test drive today!

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