2020 BMW 5-Series

2021 BMW 5-Series

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW 5-Series vs. 2021 Volvo S90


With the 2021 5-Series, BMW was going for great looks as well as a medium-sized sedan that is capable of delivering a thrilling ride. In this, they were very successful. The 2021 5-Series is an outstanding sedan that dominates its category. Delivering a silky-smooth ride while cocooning its passengers in sheer luxury, the 5-Series is one of the best luxury sedans out there. When it comes to the 2021 Volvo S90, you get the sensible design cues that we have come to expect from Volvo. The S90 is a beautiful car but not one that will turn heads anywhere. Let us compare these two sedans and see which one comes out on top.

Design & Style

The 5-Series comes fresh for 2021 with a restyled front and rear end. The car retains the distinctive sporty stance that has made it stand out in this category of medium-sized sedans. Unlike the 3 or 4-Series, the 2021 5-Series begins the slow transformation of BMW’s range of sedans into more business-like cars rather than their sporty predecessors. This is visible in the interior styling of the 2021 5-Series which has an executive bent. All in all, the 5-Series is a well-designed car that will make a statement anywhere you go with it. The 2021 S90 is also well designed with a roomy cabin and conservative styling. Functionality was given maximum preference when designing the 2021 S90 and hence the generous trunk and cabin space. However, the S90 also features some less-than-premium materials in its interior, making it look a little dated.

Technology & Safety

When it comes to tech and safety features in the 2021 BMW 5-Series, buyers get a silky-smooth infotainment system that is powered by BMW’s renowned iDrive software. Also, standard is the 12-inch infotainment display that accepts both voice and gesture commands. Other standard tech features include smartphone integration, automated emergency braking, and much more. When it comes to the 2021 S90, owners also get a range of tech choices. These include a nine-inch infotainment display that can be upgraded to a 10-inch display, various phone integration features, and a lot more.


Under the hood, the 2021 5-Series is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine although a hybrid version exists for those who want a greener car. It makes little difference to the power output though. All 5-Series models are extraordinarily fast and the car never feels underpowered at all. When it comes to the 2021 S90, you get a similar 2-liter turbocharged engine but the problem is that the S90 is not designed to be sporty at all so the effect is a lumbering gait with awkward cornering. The 2021 S90 is not a car that motoring enthusiasts are going to love.

The Bottom Line

The 2021 5-Series and the 2021 S90 are both beautifully designed sedans with almost comparable tech and other features. The 2021 5-Series is however different in that it offers a much better ride and is styled better than the 2021 S90. This makes the BMW 5-Series an obvious winner in this comparison.

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