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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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115 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 530d M Sport 4dr

    Jon Sawdon Date: 22/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got to test drive a 530d Sport with Steptronic and active steering.

    Looks wise, the deeper grille looks great giving the front end a more aggressive look. The flared skirts enhace the "flame" surface styling really well. The whole car looks better for the body kit. Inside the combination of black with aluminium cube trim gives a high-tech sporty look.

    Out on the road the diesel is very quiet and smooth. There's masses of torque, awesome acceleration and the Steptronic auto is smooth. It's very flat and stable in corners. The active steering really works well. There is some road noise though, particularly on poor surfaces. The ride is harder than in a 3-series sport.

    The whole car feels smaller and lighter than the Audi A6 3.0 TDi, but doesn't lose out on space. It's more nimble but isn't as sure footed, although I never ran out of grip.

    I've ordered the 525d sport. A lot less money and almost as quick in the real world.

  • 530d SE 4dr

    Padraig Sweeney , Dublin . Date: 15/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Incredible car to drive, economical and so much space.

    The i-drive was infuriating to start with but with time I find it so useful. It surely does away with the need for an awful amount of switches.

    On one occassion the car would not start, due to computers not shutting down and as a consequence the battery drained. Customer service was excellent!

    Unfortunately I find I need an estate, so I am tempted to stretch to a 535d Sport Touring.

  • 520i SE 4dr

    Keith Willis-Croft , Staffordshire . Date: 14/11/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A good car over all but the I drive is like everyone else has said - it is an absolute nonsense!

    The idea is good in principle to remove the clutter of buttons from the dash board but it should be simpler to operate.

  • 520i SE 4dr

    Ken Chong Date: 30/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had the chance to test drive the 530i when it was first launched in Malaysia.

    The moment I stepped into the car and started the engine, took the first corner and felt the steering, a big smile appeared on my face.

    Took it down further on highway after some local trunk roads, there’s no word to describe this car, simply stunning.

    But for all these, it costs you a lot here in Malaysia. Due to the tax unfriendliness here, I have to opt for the 520i.

    Despite with the smaller engine capacity and pulling power, its handling, ride comfort and the power it offers will still put many Japanese makes far behind its league.

    All in all, it is the best car I have ever driven so far since the latest Merc E240.

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