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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.
  • 525d M Sport 4dr

    Darren Neill , Lancs . Date: 15/04/2008
    • 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

    Just taken delivery of my 525d M Sport Saloon. I had a three year old 525d M Sport Tourer and this new saloon knocks the old model into a crooked hat!

    The new efficient dynamics engine line up means a 3.0ltr goes into the new 525d and you can tell immediately. The economy and power is a vast improvement on the old model, I'm averaging 42 mpg, nearly 10mpg more than the old engine! Refinement and practicality is up there with the best of them, I did look at the new Jaguar XF, but there's still something not quite right about the Jag, maybe it was a bit too 'away from the norm' and I suspect that it will look a little too Lexus like after all the fuss has died down about the fact it has blue cabin lights! Anyway, my latest BM is fabulous, especially with privacy glass and 19" mixed rims.

    Don't waste your money on the 530d, it's less than a second quicker, costs £4k more and unless you're on a track and have money to burn, the 525d is more than refined and powerful enough for anyone. I like the new favourite buttons for the I-Drive, it saves a lot of time. So sorry Mr Jaguar, my money is on BMW to carry on the domination of this market, especially when the new 5 Series hits the road in 2009.......awesome!

  • M5 4dr

    Shahed Ashraf , Buckinghamshire . Date: 11/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    absolutely fanatstci saloon awesome power. Initially requires a lot of patience to learn how to drive it as the gearbox is not smooth. You don't need paddles on the steering wheel unless you are on a track - a gimmick for wannabe F1 drivers. It is jerky around town regardless of setting and with hillstarts you have to rev the engine with the handbrake on and then let go of the handbrake, otherwise you end up jerking the car. But on a motorway or an open road, hit the M button and watch it fly and start smiling - engine noise superb and surprisingly quiet in the cabin. 10mpg around town is the realistic figure and 17 miles on motorway. Its the town driving that makes it a 4 star rather than a five start car. You can physically see the fuel needle dropping like a clock hand. But there is nothing better on the road. It beats the M3, golf GTI's, civi-R's etc etc and an absolutely beautiful beast of car. so you put up with its bad points even if the idrive is awful (it is that bad). It is a super car though and a fantastic beast.

  • M5 4dr

    Shanon Wright Date: 28/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Im still not sure exaclty what i think of this car. It is awesome when you rev it hard - but for the bits in between, well they're not so good. Lets put it another way. The ride is so uncomfortable i bought an e63 AMG. The suspension on the m5 is rock solid. Great when you're in race mode. But for the other 90% of the time it really annoyes you. And because of the hugely torquey engine in the e63 AMG it will lose this at the lights or on the motorway anyday. Although, granted, the m5 is better round corners - but you don't get many corners on publice roads : ( Mercedes E63 AMG all the way.

  • 520d SE Auto 4dr

    David Whitby , West Mids . Date: 06/03/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I have 2008 520D and the 177bhp version of the 2.0 litre diesel is very well powered providing a smooth companion for the electronic gearbox. Working with a limited budget choosing from a wide array of options was not an easy task. In the end I took the Dakota leather (£1,315) with the lumbar support (£250) in the drivers seat. With a silver exterior, the dark grey leather sits nicely alongside the standard dashboard trim, no need to pay extra for aluminium or wood! I would have loved to go for the top end HiFi option but settled for the standard HiFi loudspeaker upgrade at (£370) with the DAB stereo option (£280). I am not a complete audiophile but I am fussy when it comes to sound in the car and I am delighted that this combination works so well. The DAB picks up signal very well so far despite reports to the contrary and can recommend DAB especially for fellow football and cricket fans tired of having to make do with LW/MW broadcasts that disappear in tunnels and near pylons. However, you do still get the benefit of LW/MW/FM functions to fall back on should you miss the hiss and crackle. A nice surprise as I didn’t realise this before ordering. Best option by far is the USB interface (£205) I chose instead of the CD changer. So glad I did, I now have an 8GB memory stick inserted in the socket in the armrest and the iDrive simply displays all of the tracks by artist, genre etc…. in essence a fully functioning jukebox. If you opt for nothing else then at least go for this!

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