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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.
  • 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

  • 520d SE 4dr

    J Phillips-Powell Date: 14/07/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just had one of these for the weekend on test drive and have ordered one today. It will be the second 5 series I've had. I also drove the A6 and S80 and the 5 series won hands down. It is just a more complete package and a far better drive. The A6 2.0 TDI was seriously underpowered and the S80 handled like a boat. As a company car the BMW works out a miles better buy meaning you can blow the difference on extras like Media Pack and full comfort leather. I know its being replaced in a couple of years but there's a reason its still top notch after 5+ years - its simply just a better car.

  • 520d M Sport 4dr

    David Hillman , West Midlands . Date: 13/05/2008
    • 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

    My car

    Being an audi man for the past 6 years it should have been an easy choice of my next car. However after looking at the new A4 and thinking the interior has taken a step backwards i decided to take a look at a 5 series. Took a test drive in a 520D M Sport Auto with the new Efficient Dynamics engine and thought WOW. I always liked the look of the 5 series but was always a bit ummm when it came to the interior as i used to think it looked really bland. However not so,I purchased a 4month old one and I simply love it. Id handles like a dream the diesel engine is so quite and its no slouch either and the build quality is superb. The interior is very well put together and people that say the M Sport with run flats is a hard ride well they should drive an Audi Sline. This car is much more comfortable ride than my previous A4 Quattro Sline. Economy is hitting 44 around town and daily commute which i think is good compared to 26mpg in my last car and being an auto as well. So to conclude. Im over the moon with it lets hope it will be as reliable as my Audis and if this is the case i think i have been converted to the Dark side for a long time

  • 520d SE 4dr

    adrian smith Date: 16/04/2008
    • 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

    I bought the car new in September 2006, and the thing that stands out is fuel economy. For such a big car my manual averages 48mpg, the saving from this more than covers the cost of tax and insurance when doing 20,000 miles a year. Handling and performance are good, better than the E Class which I had on loan for a week after being rear-ended on the motorway (the brakes on the 5 series are also good, much better than the Mondeo that hit me!),the 5 series build quality is superior to and E class which was the reason I moved from MB to BMW. I have the full satnav and communications system with voice control which I initially saw as a bit of a gimick but now I can't function without it, one point on the I-Drive is that it is easy to use, so nobody should be put off by this. Because of the European Sat Nav, excellent motorway crusing capability, fuel economy and size, the car really came into it's own when we took the kids to Disneyland Paris. On the down side the interior is a bit cold and (like most BMW's) even with wood and leather and it's slow pulling off in 1st gear. Having said that, given the choice again I would still buy the same car.

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