BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo  vs Volkswagen Jetta TDI 

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 535i

  • $58k
  • 3.0L Hybrid I6
  • 20 city 30 hwy
Angle view of BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
But the V10 is gone, forever, and this is the new reality because BMW has bet the farm on turbocharged motors.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

  • $23k
  • 2.0L Diesel
  • 30 city 42 hwy
Angle view of Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The TDI isn’t a jackrabbit sprinter, but ours did post an ecorespectable 0-to-60 time of eight seconds and a quarter-mile of 16.2 seconds at 85 mph.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of 5 Series Gran Turismo vs Jetta TDI

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

Reasons to consider the
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 535i

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
More efficient freshwater use 2.1 m³ vs 4.55 m³ 2.2x less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water
Much less CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton vs 0.89 metric ton Around 25% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Much less landfill usage 6.11 kg vs 209 kg 34.2x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Front view of Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Saves on fuel $1,700 vs $2,314 More than 25% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Significantly lower MSRP $23k vs $58k 2.5x cheaper sticker price
Significantly cheaper annual cost $6,311 vs $13,974 2.2x less expensive per year
Much less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,440 kWh/vehicle 25% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Better city driving range 435 miles vs 370 miles Around 20% further in the city
Higher EPA highway mileage 42 MPG vs 30 MPG 40% better on the interstate
Slightly better highway driving range 609 miles vs 555 miles Around 10% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$58,300 15.7¢/mile BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Volkswagen Jetta TDI $23,055 11.3¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Price $11,660 ($58,300) $4,611 ($23,055)
Fuel $2,359 (3,188 gallons) $1,699 (2,179 gallons)
City 20 MPG 30 MPG
Highway 30 MPG 42 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

5 Series Gran Turismo  vs Jetta TDI 

mid-size offering is blessed with "all-weather" performance, going tough when the going gets tough.
5 Series Gran Turismo 535i

Specifications Full list of technical specs


5 Series Gran Turismo  vs
Jetta TDI 
Brand BMW Volkswagen
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 370 miles 435 miles
Highway range 555 miles 609 miles
MSRP $58k $23k
Annual cost $13,974 $6,311

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I6 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Beam
Front brakes 13.7 in Ventilated Disc 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 205
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor Standard N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 74.8 in 70 in
Front track width 63.4 in 60.4 in
Height 61.4 in 57.2 in
Length 196.8 in 182.2 in
Wheelbase 120.7 in 104.4 in
Curb weight 4,641 lb 3,161 lb
GVWR 5,754 4,256
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 58 ft³ 49 ft³
Rear seat room 54 ft³ 44 ft³


5 Series Gran Turismo  vs
Jetta TDI 
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³ 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg 209 kg

power & handling

Max torque 300 ft-lb @ 1,200 RPM 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 15.47 lb/hp 22.58 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40 feet 36.4 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 12 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $2,200 N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Standard N/A
Navigation system Optional N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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