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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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114 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 520d SE 4dr

    dave looker , leicestershire . Date: 04/10/2008
    • 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
      42

    My car

    I deliberated for 3 months before I I finally chose this vehicle. I wanted a car which would convey me on long distances in comfort with reasonable running costs. I read all the reviews and must say I can now see why the majority were all positive. Luxury combined with economy and a unbeatable fit and finish.I am sure that I will not be into much of a hurry to leave the BMW stable.

  • 525d M Sport 4dr

    John Holland , Essex . Date: 05/09/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I picked up my 57 plate 525D M Sport, 2 months ago to replace my Touareg 3.0V6 TDI which was becoming incredibly expensive with the recent diesel price hike. I went for this car purely because the fuel consumption figures combined with the performance seemed to be the best in it's class, comparing it to the E-Class, A6 & XF. I have owned an Audi & Merc previously so was keen to find out how the BMW would compare. I have not been disappointed. It is by far the most enjoyable 'drivers' car I have had, I really enjoy driving it and there was ample room for me, the wife and 2 kids to go on holiday in. Oh, and the fuel consumption is around the 35MPG mark on average which is reasonable for someone who does not drive to gain the optimum consumption rates at all times! I would also like to add that I read quite a few negative comments about the run-flat tyres before picking the car up. For me, this has not been an issue at all and they feel great married to the M Sport package. A highly recommended car.

  • 525d M Sport 4dr

    D Findlay Date: 15/08/2008
    • 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

    Reviewed my car after 2 months but was still in the honeymoon phase. Nearly a year down the line I can safely say it's by far the best car i've ever owned. Handling is superb and build quality first class although the summer 07 models came with the upgraded air con package. Get this thing on a motorway and the fuel economy is great although town driving is not so good. I find the i-drive quite intuitive and the the fact my first service in not due until Feb 09 is a bonus. As before the only grumble is a flat spot low in the rev range that can catch you out at roundabouts and junctions. That and the parking scuffs i'm building up on the 19" alloys. :-( If i'm being super critical the interior is a bit bland with the Audi A6 having more bells and whistles but the sheer driving pleasure more than makes up for it.

  • M5 4dr

    skeeter taylor Date: 07/08/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      18

    My car

    This is an amazing car, everything you have read about the performance is true. In "normal" 400bhp mode it is very quick, in sport 500bhp mode it is truely unbelievable. Don't forget this is a large, 4 door saloon that goes like a sports car.

    With respect to other comments made earlier:

    i-drive - it is brilliant, if you can use an ipod you can use i-drive, I really don't understand its detractors

    gearbox - yes it takes some practice to get it smooth but the practice takes a couple of hundred miles. Hill starts are easy, put your foot on the foot brake, take it off and the car holds for a couple of seconds like an auto - easy

    auto mode on the gearbox is poor, slow and dimwitted, but dont forget this is a clutchless manual not an auto

    boot and interior room - massive and easily accomodates all the shopping and/or luggage you could wish for

    good options i have:

    active seats - good for when you are pressing on but if you set them too tight you feel like you have had your ribs worked over!

    bluetooth - an absolute must, works like a charm and is well integrated into steering wheel and nav screen

    I have given 4 stars for running costs - yes it does sub 20mpg but what do you expect? Scoring it with reference to its peers then it is pretty good, if you are expecting it to cost the same as a mini to run then look elsewhere.

    Summary

    It has all the performance you could ever want and it is equally happy to bimble around town.

    S

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