Originally Posted by colombiano
I have driven a 2011 335 and 2012 535xi. I always thought the 5 series was too big of a car and would handle crappy in comparison to the 3 and also much heavier so would make it slower.
I really enjoyed the 5 series was extremely smooth and all wheel drive launch was awesome! Extremely comfortable. Personally for a touring and comfort stand point I would go with 5 series.
Depends what you like. 3 is more dynamic, 5 is more comfortable (although both are very adequate in every department). If you like sporty driving, definitely get the 3 (the 5 will feel heavy and wallowy). If you just want to drive sedately-ish in comfort, the 5 will be better.