When you’ve scraped and saved for an automotive treat, you’re faced with one big decision: do you want a luxury car, or a sports car? The answer, of course, depends on whether you value comfort or performance. But what if you could have both? Enter the luxury sport sedan.
Take a premium sedan, add a dash of driving excitement, and voila! The best part is that adaptive suspension systems mean your sport sedan can still ride like a luxury car. The same convenience features, plush seats, high quality interior materials, and elegant styling from traditional luxury vehicles are combined with a more powerful engine, sharper handling, and more responsive brakes.
BMW 5 Series
It would be blasphemy to create a list of 10 best luxury sport sedans without including the BMW 5 Series. After all, this vehicle created the segment in 1972. 35 years later, BMW has introduced its seventh generation model. With styling inspired by the larger 7 Series, the all-new 5 Series doesn’t just look better than the previous generation, it drives better.
BMW melded aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel into a work of rigid, lightweight art. Layered upon this fine blueprint is your choice of powertrains: entry-level 530i models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while mid-range 540i variants employ a 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Later this year, a 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid and V8-powered M550i will become available. Whichever your preferred motivator, all 5 Series models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and come available with xDrive all-wheel drive.