2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series: Is 3 Feet of Legroom Enough for You?

November 10, 2010


That's the measurement listed for the legroom in the back seat of our 528i. Actually, it's 36.1 inches if you want to be precise, but what's a tenth of an inch anyway?

Looking at some of the competitors for the 5 Series, it appears as though 36 inches in the magic number. Both the Acura TL and Infiniti G37 best the BMW by a tenth at 36.2 inches while the Mercedes-Benz E-Class leaves you squished in with just 35.8 inches.

You might be surprised to learn that the Audi A6 is the big winner here with a backseat that affords up to 36.9 inches for the legs. Then again, these are all maximum measurements and they're all with about an inch or so of one another. My guess is, no one would notice the difference between any of them.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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