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Re: BMW M5 a compact? (dmc)

The space in the current 5-series (E39) is plenty useable, and I bet there's more back seat legroom and headroom than most of the others classified as compacts. The smallish trunk doesn't help in the EPA classifications.
Also, I'm sure that the M3 that was listed at 84 cu ft passenger room is an E36 and not the current E46. There's always a debate about why the interior room of the E39 isn't much greater than the E46. I'd bet you that the next 5-series will not be classified as a compact (probably due mostly to it's bulbous trunk
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