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BMW 5 Series Saloon

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

We're yet to drive the BMW 5 Series 525d M Sport in the UK, but as soon as we do, our verdict will appear here online.

What Car? readers say

4.722222


Key facts

0–60mph
7 secs
Top speed
154 mph
Average mpg
53.3
Tank range
821 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 535i, 550i and the mighty M5 will deliver all the thrills you need, but the 5 Series will mainly be bought by pragmatists rather than enthusiasts.

That's why the 520d is the best option. This model's 2.0-litre diesel engine promises average almost 63mpg, and if you're a company car driver, the CO2 output of just 119g/km places the car in a low tax bracket. The six-cylinder 530d is also worth a look if you fancy a bit more power.

However, the standard suspension gives a lumpy ride and disappointing handling. That's why we recommend adding optional adaptive suspension (called VDC on four-cylinder models, Adaptive Drive on six-cylinder cars). These systems bring sharper handling and a more controlled ride.

Whichever engine and suspension you choose, entry-level SE trim is all you need; this comes with leather seats, a sat-nav, a DAB radio and xenon headlights.

Reader test team says:

BMW 5 Series Saloon 520d M Sport 4dr

I have just taken delivery of my 64 reg 520d M sport Auto in Carbon Black. This replaced my 2012 almost like for like Alpina White. I had been told…

Rafiq Chohan

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Saloon 520d M Sport 4dr

An absolutely superb car. a great driving experience with a unique blend of quality, performance, handling and economy, comfortably returning almost…

Colin Walters

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Saloon M5 4dr

One thing I didn't reckon on when I bought my M5 earlier this year was the number of admirers. Whether waiting at lights, on the motorway or parked,…

Chris Laythorpe

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Saloon 535d M Sport 4dr

After moving to the dark side having spent the last three years in the fabulous Jaguar XF 3LDiesel S, I compared the new 535 DM Sport with the Jag.…

Philip Donetti

5 out of 5 stars
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