2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW M5

2021 Volkswagen Passat

2021 Volkswagen Passat

2021 BMW M5 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Passat


If you are looking for one of the best high-performance sedans in its category, the 2021 BMW M5 will tick all your boxes. Sleek and powerful, the M5 is a superbly engineered sports car that delivers an incredible ride. For 2021, BMW has gone ahead and added all-wheel drive giving the car an even better grip on the surface. It also means that you can drive this car in all kinds of weather without breaking a sweat. When it comes to the 2021 Volkswagen Passat, you get a well-engineered sedan that also delivers a superb ride. Though hardly sporty, the Passat has a lot to offer any discerning driver.

Design & Style

When it comes to styling, the M5 has seen some changes for 2021. These include restyled headlights and LED interior lighting. As is common in the M Series, the 2021 M5 has an enhanced steering wheel for extra grip. It also features large sporty wheels and aggressive contours to enhance its sporty credentials. The 2021 Passat on the other hand is conservatively designed like all other Volkswagens. It features a roomy interior with generous trunk space. The interior is not as plush as that of the M5 and looks a bit dated. Still, the design is very functional.

Technology & Safety

The 2021 M5 features a 12-inch infotainment display that is slightly angled to face the driver. This makes it easy and safer to use. The system controlled by BMW’s iDrive software which makes the system intuitive and fast. Smartphone integration is also standard as is wireless charging. In the 2021 Passat, there is a 7-inch touch screen display that controls the infotainment. Though a little sluggish, the system is easy to use. Smartphone integration is also standard as is a six-speaker audio system.


The BMW M5 is powered by a 4-liter V8 engine that makes the M5 incredibly fast. So fast, in fact, that it’s zero to 60 time is close to that of many supercars, at a staggering three seconds. This is remarkable given that this is a car that is equipped to still do mundane tasks such as school runs and shopping trips.  The 2021 Passat on the other hand comes with a 2-liter turbocharged engine which though powerful, is nowhere near the output of the M5. Ride quality is decent though and handling is relatively good. This is not a car that will thrill enthusiasts though but is ok for everyday driving.

The Bottom Line

While the Passat and the M5 have a lot to offer drivers, the M5 is superior in almost every way. With speed, comfort, better tech, and a plush interior, the M5 is the clear winner of this comparison.

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