2021 Volvo S90 vs 2021 BMW 5 Series Comparison in Torrance, CA

As part of the McKenna automotive family, we deliver over 60 years of experience bringing you the latest and absolute best the automotive industry has to offer. At Volvo Cars South Bay, even we are impressed with what's now available across the luxury car market. This is perhaps best illustrated by looking at industry titans like BMW and, of course, Volvo. Take the latest 2021 Volvo S90 and the 2021 BMW 5 Series, for example. They both demonstrate why their brands are renowned across the globe. But which one offers the best investment for you? Below, we take a closer look at these two luxury sedans to better flesh out just what you can expect when choosing your next new car. Before deciding, we invite you to take the new S90 for a test drive.

Volvo S90 front passenger area

2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series: Interior Features & Value

Taking a seat behind the wheel of either luxury sedan makes clear that these are competing in the world's most competitive luxury car segments for good reason. Though, you might be surprised to discover some of the differences. The latest Volvo S90 starts out with a lower MSRP but comes standard with features like leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and heated seats. They're not uncommon features for this segment, but they will cost you more as upgrades in the new 2021 BMW 5 Series. Even before hitting the ignition and going for a test drive, it starts to be clear that you're getting a lot more for your money in a new Volvo S90.

Man walking by a new Volvo S90

2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series: Technology & Connectivity

Above, we mentioned that the new 2021 Volvo S90 is equipped with wireless charging for your compatible smartphone and other devices. However, that's just the beginning of technological advantages that put this luxury sedan from Volvo above its rival from BMW. Even before you get in for a drive, loading the back of the Volvo is easier thanks to the standard hands-free trunk operation. Once again, that level of convenience will cost extra as an upgrade on the BMW 5 Series. Additionally, the standard sound system in the Volvo S90 is more powerful, and the passenger side mirror is auto-dimming. That's a convenience that you just won't find in any BMW 5 Series from the factory.

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2021 Volvo S90 gear shift

2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series: Performance Comparison

The folks at BMW delight in explaining how their vehicles are ultimate driving machines, and some of their sports cars reflect well upon that idea. So, you can imagine our surprise when we found that the new 2021 Volvo S90 starts out with nearly seventy more horsepower than the more expensive BMW 5 Series! And the Volvo S90 performance advantages didn't slow down there. You're able to adjust the power steering in the Volvo. That means you can dial in more ease and comfort for navigating those crowded parking lots while tightening things up for the open road or some fun in the turns. This isn't an option in any BMW 5 Series.

For many, an all-wheel drive car may seem like something you'd only need during a ski vacation to the mountains. However, this level of traction and precision also makes for a much more engaging, and safer, drive around town. That's why every new Volvo S90 comes equipped with advanced all-wheel drive traction. You can get the BMW version of all-wheel drive in the 5 Series, but it'll cost substantially more as an upgrade. It's yet another example of how much more you get for your investment in this new Volvo S90.

Side profile of black Volvo S90

2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series: Safety

Competing in this luxury sedan segment means making some of the safest cars on the road, and these are both great examples with top scores from independent crash testing. They're both well equipped with advanced collision mitigation systems as well as conveniences like rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, front and rear park assist, and more. However, there are some key distinctions we think you should be aware of.

We already mentioned the added safety of standard all-wheel drive on every new Volvo S90, but there are a lot of little safety advantages that add up. For instance, the passenger auto-dimming mirror that you can't find on the BMW 5 Series. Or there's the near instant reaction of pyrotechnical pretensioners for all seating positions in the Volvo S90, which also features a high position rear brake light to better get the attention of a distracted driver. If that doesn't work, this luxury sedan from Volvo also features rear collision mitigation support. These are just a few more examples of how Volvo stands above BMW in terms of safety.

Black 2021 Volvo S90

2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series: Driver Assistance

The new 2021 Volvo S90 and BMW 5 Series are certainly well equipped with some of today's most advanced driver assist technology. They're both capable of detecting certain imminent frontal collisions and automatically applying the brakes if necessary. They also come with adaptive cruise control, and blind spot detection. Of course, these are now quite common in this segment. What sets the new Volvo S90 apart is that you get all this and much more for a lower price. The simple fact of the matter is that you get more for your money when you choose a Volvo.

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2021 Volvo S90 vs BMW 5 Series Summary

With a slightly more affordable price tag, we expected the Volvo S90 to fall short in some areas against the latest BMW 5 Series. So, it was a bit of a surprise to find that the new 2021 Volvo S90 comes standard with more power, AWD traction, and a host of other features and conveniences that either aren't available or will cost more as upgrades on the new BMW 5 Series. Clearly, you'll get more for your luxury car investment when choosing the new Volvo S90, and we invite you to experience it all firsthand during a test drive with us at Volvo Cars South Bay in Torrance, CA.

2021 Volvo S902021 BMW 5 Series
$52,195Starting MSRP*$54,200
316Standard Horsepower248
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLeather UpholsteryAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdjustable Power SteeringNot Available
StandardAuto-Dimming Passenger Side MirrorNot Available
StandardHands-Free Power TrunkAvailable Upgrade
220-WattStandard Sound System205-Watt
StandardWireless Smartphone ChargingAvailable Upgrade
StandardHeated Front SeatsAvailable Upgrade

*As a model year progresses, changes may occur in some of the specs, features, options and pricing. The manufacturer reserves the right to make such changes. Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Options may vary by region. See your Authorized Volvo Dealer for details.