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Comparison Review: BMW 528i vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD

With each since 1990, BMWs become more like Meanwhile, Lexus (some of anyway) have become like BMWs. With the iterations, have the 5-Series and GS met in a muddled middle, or does retain a distinct identity?

the latest, “F10″ 5-Series, BMW the car’s lines, returning it at halfway to the cleaner look of the There’s nothing here to people off, but not much to them on, either. I personally the tauter, more athletic of the E60, despite its aesthetic

The first Lexus GS was designed by to be a Jaguar. But Jaguar didn’t it, and Lexus did. [Update: a notes that Italdesign has this widespread belief. the world saw the Jaguar first, the designed the GS earlier.] The second more aggressive appearance was an in-house effort. With the third and latest generations of the car has claimed a new, distinctive language (“L-Finesse” and “Waku but each has nevertheless, like the appeared vaguely German. from the side in Luxury the 2013 GS 350 looks much a pudgier F10 5-Series, itself a E39. Medium red does not the car.

Opt for the F-Sport (with a aggressive fascia and gray wheels) in silver, and the new GS looks better.

Inside, the cars dissimilar. Though BMW interiors become more artful the years, their ambiance more businesslike, even The GS’s interior looks and softer and more conventionally One odd touch: a partially upholstered (in convincing vinyl) instrument has padding in the areas farthest the passengers. Done right, an instrument panel takes an up a notch or two. This one done right.

Much more important and right: the highly adjustable included in both the F-Sport and Packages are far superior to the smaller, contoured front buckets in the GS. They’re also both comfortable and more supportive those in the BMW. The Lexus to four-way power lumbar with independent upper and adjustments, yields a better than a single bulge can be shifted vertically. No longer in the BMW, but included with seats in the Lexus: power-adjustable bolsters. You sit a little higher to the instrument and door panels in the than in the BMW. Both roomier, more comfortable seats than their rendering the LS and 7-Series less Not so comfortable in the Lexus: a large beneath the driver’s right (to accommodate the AWD system’s transfer A folding rear seat to the trunk is available in the BMW, but not in the

BMW has continued to refine its iDrive system, and the latest iteration’s navigation poses little Lexus’s “remote touch” with a mouse-like force controller, while niftier has a learning curve. Theoretically, more flexibility it should get you you want more quickly, but in this is too often not the case. firmer feedback reduces, but eliminate, the number of inadvertent induced by bumps in the road. then, navigating in two dimensions the one-dimensional lists in the BMW) more conscious thought and precision. Both systems large displays capable of two screens simultaneously, but that in the is a couple of inches larger. BMW also felt the need to the shifter. The Lexus’s conventional feels better and is easier to

For 2013, Lexus offers one non-hybrid engine in the GS, a normally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6. The 2012 BMW offers turbocharged engines, with six, and eight cylinders and 300, and 400 horsepower, respectively. the six might seem the closest to the Lexus, a case can be made for the four-banger. At lower rpm it’s as powerful as the 3.5 and the 528i’s price is closer to that of the Japanese

Before driving the 528i, I whether a four-cylinder was up to the task of a two-ton sedan in a manner of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” Well, power isn’t an unless you require an especially shove in your lower The four gets up to any legal nearly as quickly as the six. could be more of a stumbling The 2.0-liter engine doesn’t nearly as smoothly as the six and at low rpm sounds like a diesel. The action of the start/stop system sends a shudder through the car. insult to injury, the eight-speed tends to lug the engine unless in mode. But select Sport and the transmission holds a lower even when cruising, impacting fuel economy. At rpm and with a heavy foot the sounds much better, but not quite in character for a luxury

The Lexus’s engine delivers its much differently. While I call it “torqueless ”, it’s not a off the line. But cross 4,000 rpm and jumps dramatically (in a style of Honda’s high-performance VTEC At the same point, the engine’s output also gets and fuller, with a tuned intentionally similar to that of the Credit (or blame) a “sound a tube that channels from the engine’s intake to the Some might find sound overly massaged, but I enjoy the livelier sound and of the Lexus engine more those of the Germans’ boosted

While Lexus offers an automatic in some models, the retains the old six-speed. Between and its larger engine, the GS 350 AWD’s EPA (19 city, 26 highway) don’t those of the 528i xDrive In casual suburban driving the engine warmed up the trip reported about 22 in the Lexus and 25 in the BMW. Drive more and the difference between the two narrows a with the Lexus falling the high teens and the BMW dropping to below 20. Take full of “Eco Pro” mode in the which yields a Prius-like response, and the gap widens. I observed an as high as 30 in the BMW (vs. a high of 25 in the But I also observed an actual tailgate then pass me. The GS has an “Eco” setting, but its impact is less dramatic.

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Even with the optional Package’s dampers set to “Sport” the new feels a little soft and There’s some float dips and bumps and a surprising (if moderate) amount of lean in Mild understeer is the defining While the 550i xDrive the character of a rear-wheel-drive car, the with two-thirds the torque, produce the same effect. motions in even the Luxury GS are better controlled, and the F-Sport tighter still. All-wheel-drive the influence of your right on the attitude of the chassis in the Lexus like it does in the BMW—neither car an active rear differential or vectoring. Steering is nicely in both cars, but with a feel in the Lexus.

Yet the BMW remains the car to drive quickly along a road. Additional bobbling notwithstanding, the 528i can be more placed through turns. Its seems little more yet the driver receives more information, much of it through the and seat rather than the fingertips. Even in F-Sport the Lexus insulates the driver There is an upside to this difference: going down the the more refined GS sounds and more upscale and more The F-Sport rides more than the basic car, but far from punishing. A sound might detect little between the BMW and the Lexus, but the quality of the that gets through is matter. Where BMW might simply aimed for low decibel Lexus has carefully tailored the that reaches your to convey a sense of luxury and

As tested, the Lexus were at $58,997 (F-Spot) and $59,759 These two packages cannot be together, so you must choose the former’s more attractive and firmer suspension and the latter’s leather and additional amenities upper backrests, memory for the passenger seat, automatic controls and heat for the rear I’d readily opt for the former. The BMW 528i, more like the F-Sport, for $61,125. Both cars are with quite a few additional including adaptive cruise head-up displays, night systems, premium audio, and rear-wheel-drive only) four-wheel steering. Run both cars TrueDelta’s car price comparison to adjust for unshared features, and the comes in just under Probably not enough to be a factor at level—but recall that the BMW is the not the 535i. For the latter, add $4,100.

their convergence, drive the BMW and Lexus GS back-to-back and they dramatically different cars. a softer, less direct than past 5ers, the BMW provides the driver with a amount of more nuanced than the Lexus does. the Lexus continues to more insulate the driver (and For this and other reasons, the GS 350 looks and feels more Of the three cars reviewed, the GS 350 best combines performance and It’s a very pleasurable car driven aggressively or casually. clearly goes further objective criteria to the subjective of how the car looks, sounds, and feels. The advantage of the BMW, one for which the hasn’t been known in the is fuel efficiency. You can, of get the GS in hybrid form, but only if willing to give up all-wheel-drive—and an $10,000.

Phil Coron of Meade in Southfield, MI, provided the Lexus GS 350 He can be reached at 248-372-7100.

Lexus the GS 350 Luxury, while BMW provided the in both cases with and a tank of premium gas.

Karesh operates TrueDelta.com. an source of car reliability and real-world economy information.


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