SONS Automotive Group Compares 2018 Dodge Charger VS 2018 BMW 5 Near Duluth, GA

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2018 Dodge Charger

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2018 Dodge Charger

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2018 BMW 5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Charger are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Charger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Charger’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Charger and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 5 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 5 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Charger has more powerful engines than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

530i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

540i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

M550i 4.4 turbo V8

456 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the 540i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

 

Charger

5 Series Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

106.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the 530i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Charger

5 Series Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 5 Series Sedan:

 

Charger Daytona

530i

M550i

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The Charger stops much shorter than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

Charger

5 Series Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Charger Daytona’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 5 Series Sedan (275/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the 5 Series Sedan (120.2 inches vs. 117.1 inches).

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the 530i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the 530i (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The Charger GT’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Charger is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the 5 Series Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 5 Series Sedan (104.7 vs. 98.8).

The Charger has .4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Charger has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Charger has standard extendable sun visors. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “1” insurance rate while the 5 Series Sedan is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the 5 Series Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the 5 Series Sedan, including $482 less for a water pump, $28 less for front brake pads, $429 less for a starter, $110 less for fuel injection, $419 less for a fuel pump, $567 less for front struts, $64 less for a timing belt/chain and $671 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $18154 to $22043 less than for the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

The Dodge Charger outsold the BMW 5 Series by over two to one during 2017.

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