The BMW 5 Series saloon is a large executive car, and competes with rivals such as the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It’s larger and more expensive than the BMW 3 Series, but more comfortable, better equipped and more refined, too.
The 5 Series has formed the backbone of BMW's range for many years. It's been so consistently at the top of the executive car tree that it's become almost a default choice for car buyers in this class, and it's not hard to see why: it's great to drive, extremely well built and competitive on running costs. To find out more about those previous generations of 5 Series, click here.
The present generation 5 Series continues that winning theme, being a consistent winner in the executive car class at our annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards. The current range features a wide choice of diesel and petrol engines, from the ultra-efficient 520d models to the ballistic M5 sports saloon.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the 5 Series, along with our recommendations for which trim levels and engines to choose.