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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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113 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 525d M Sport 4dr

    Jon Sawdon Date: 13/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Out on the road the engine is smooth, you can hardly tell it's diesel with the windows closed.

    There is lots of torque, it pulls really welll and the short levered six-speed box is is slick. Ride is firm but not harsh except when hitting speedbumps in car parks. The servotronic (option) steering is light in town and weights up nicely when on the open road giving plenty of feedback.

    The interior is very nice in the cloth/nappa leather combination, but I'm sure I'm now seeing spots (they could be cubes). Seats are comfy and easily adjusted. It's very quiet on the motorway. The i-drive is OK to use. It becomes intuitive eventually even if a little distracting.

    It does give you a huge range of settings and info that would simply be unavailable through a conventional dash, eg programming the function of steering wheel buttons, or activating a 'triple flash' on the indicators. The radio and CD is a little disappointing on sound quality considering I paid extra for hi-fi speakers. Maybe I was spoilt by the harmon kardon system in my 318Ci.

    Overall I'm really pleased with my choice, the 5 is superb to drive, is well built, cheap to run, has lots of space and has a quality interior. If you want something a bit sporty or something that doesn't blend in then it should be your top choice. But if you are looking for a big luxurious car try the A6 before you buy, the interior has a higher quality feel and the car feels bigger out on the road.

  • 525d SE 4dr

    Asad Rafiq , MIDDX . Date: 08/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When the latest 5-series first made its appearance, it just did not appeal to me. My choice was definitely going to be an E-class (E270 CDI).

    However, with the amount of E-class taxis on the road and the fact the 5-series started to look more and more attractive by the day, I opted for the 525d SE (also swayed by the What Car? verdict).

    This car is spacious, feels real quality and for some reason looks more and more handsome by the day. It drives great, however, I find the economy slightly disappointing, especially compared to the E270 CDI. Bearing in mind the Mercedes is far more common on the road, for some reason it seems to depreciate less than the BMW equivalent.

    Something that I will encounter in a couple of years time!

    All in all the 525d SE is a great car, if only it was more economical.

  • M5 4dr

    Sameer Bhatti , Berkshire . Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the honour to drive this car, and I feel there are no appropriate words to explain the experience with this car.

    The one that springs to mind though is ‘AWESOME’. All round, this car is a masterpiece and truly amazing. I would buy one if I had the means to do so, hopefully that time will come sooner rather than later.

  • 520i SE 4dr

    Sherwin Clark , - . Date: 23/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am 32 but only passed my test this year. I have only driven a couple of hire cars (Opel Vectra, Mercedes S Class, Audi A3, Saab 9-3) so I do not have much to compare it to.

    As my first car, the parking distance control is a great help - a 2D picture of the car and surrounding objects on the inbuilt computer. For fuel efficiency, I guess it is average / good for its class. The automatic gearbox has 3 different driving options for comfort -> sport -> manual shift, which ensure driving can still be enjoyable.

    Quality of the interior is good. Of course with more options it can get very luxurious and high-tech - head-up display to name one example.

    I love the look - a welcome change from the boring classic BMW look. Plenty of space. Neat onboard computer. The only thing - should I switch on DTC always when I am driving on snow / ice???? I figure if DSC is left on it may increase the risk of a bad slide on ice... By the way - DSC (Dynamic Slide Control) and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) come as standard.

    All in all, a good car even for the introductory price.

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