BMW 3 Series vs 4 Series vs 5 Series

Which BMW Model Is Right For You?

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:

blue 2017 BMW 3 Series seen from the side
rear side view of the 2016 BMW 4 Series at night
2017 BMW 5 Series on the road seen from the front

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.