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2007. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2014.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Rear Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4841 mm
Length 4841 mm
1846 mm
Width 1859 mm
1468 mm
Height 1468 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 402 liters
520 liters
Boot (max) 402 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 76 liters
Petrol Fuel Petrol
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
4799 cc
Displacement 3498 cc
367 hp
Power 290 hp
490 Nm
Torque 354 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1635 kg
Vehicle weight kg
5.2 s
Acc. 0-100 s
250 km/h
Top speed km/h
16.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
10.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
260 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
cvt - gears
1635 kg
Vehicle weight kg
5.3 s
Acc. 0-100 5.8 s
250 km/h
Top speed km/h
15.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 10.7 l/100km
246 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
10500 EUR
Price from 1 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Nissan). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 367hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 290hp engine designed by Nissan.


The fact that the BMW got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars.


Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Nissan as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Nissan badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 5 Series 23% below average, and Maxima those same 23% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 250km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (26 mpg), in combined cycle.


BMW appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the BMW. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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