There are few cars that have as wide a range of talents as the BMW 5 Series.
Larger and more comfortable than the 3 Series, and yet only slightly more expensive, it competes directly with the Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class, while a slightly leftfield alternative is the Lexus GS.
The 5 Series has formed the backbone of BMW's range for many years, and has been so consistently at the top of the executive car tree that it's become almost a default choice for buyers in this class.
This latest model builds on the strengths of earlier 5 Series models, being 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 level, options and engine to choose.