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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 SE 4dr

    Amir Ajaib , Lancashire . Date: 26/01/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35.5

    My car

    I spent the best part of 4 months reading up on my next potential car. It was a choice between several varieties: X5, XC90, E-Class and the 5-Series. I was driving a 320d and with 2 small kids it was proving to be a real pain in terms of luggage capacity on our bi-monthly trips to London. We needed to upgrade ideally to an SUV, but after reading the reviews on the X5, I thought I'd steer well clear of that potential disaster and also had to take the possibility of a hike in Road Tax into consideration too. I test drove the E320 CDi and the best word to describe that is dull.

    In the end we plumped for a 530d SE and tbh I've not looked back - absolutely LOVE this car! I expected the drive to slightly better than the 320d, but in reality it was oceans apart, the handling and feel of the car is immense. You feel like other drivers on the road should be parting like the Red Sea for you, it's THAT good! The economy was never going to be as good as the 320d, but you have to consider what you're getting in terms of a total package. On the motorway it's not far off a 320d if I'm honest, the power is incredible when you need to utilise it and the road handling at speed is again unparalleled. I've yet to drive a car that comes close to this.

    Don't delay, buy today!!

  • 520d SE 4dr

    julian mcglynn , herts . Date: 25/01/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Superb Car, tyres wear out quickly, (25K), needs automatic gearbox as easy to stall with manual and start/stop button very frustrating

    Excellent fuel economy considering the size of the car

    Overall a very enjoyable car

  • 525i SE 4dr

    Alpesh Patel , Surrey . Date: 12/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I ve owned a 525i in the past 6 months. Bought from approved used BMW dealer. The 525i has a beautiful 6cyl. engine, which can waft around OR be driven sportingly. The ride,comfort and handling is good. But, the particular BMW, i had, fell fowl of an electrical gremlin - that BMW dealer(s) were unable to resolve (It brokedown 6 times in 7 weeks for the same fault). I had to "reject" the car and get a refund of the initial purchase price. At prsent, i am trying to decide whether to buy another BMW 525i OR a more reliable brand - i,e Lexus GS300 ???

  • 520d SE 4dr

    Don O Neill Date: 24/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    Bough a 2006 Model from local Dealers Kearys Cork ireland , Grey with Leather .A big jump up from the Audi A6 , more taut on the road , precise steering, a slightly harder ride than the Audi, Has more pep in the mid range.

    Curiously, other drivers are more agressive towards me on the road compared to Audi , Audi seemed to be non descriptip but particularly white van man , tends to get closer on the bumper and on the horm more often -- but who cares abiut them then !!!

    Idrive is fine , have read various magazines where people found it strange.If you come form the PC / Mouse generation then its a breeze.

    Ipod system fitted by dealer as part of the sale works a treat , have 2900 songs on the go , great for the longer drives

    The MPG was 45-50 on paper but real world driving motorway and secondary reoads returns a good 42-45 which is fine . A lighter foot might be handy when the diesel prices goes back up .

    Happy so far , its due a service but this is covered by the service pack taken out

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