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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.
  • 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!

  • 520d SE Auto 4dr

    MIKE ROWBOTHAM Date: 22/01/2008
    • 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

    Bought the car from Stratstone Doncaster,highly reccommended, who were a real pleasure to deal with after being given the 'snob' treatment by a few other BMW dealers. Can't really fault the car. Had it since September 07 and commute 150 miles 3 days a week, partly country roads but the bulk being on the motorway. The car is great to drive on both. Took a trip up to Scotland in November - 425 miles and have never felt so refreshed after such a long journey. The economy, based on having the cruise control on at around 70mph on the motorway, comes out at around 50mpg, which for big salooned auto is quite good and around 700 miles to be had from a full tank. Another plus is that it only needs servicing around every 22000 miles. No issues with the idrive once you get the hang of it. Didn't wait for the upgraded engine but understand that there is little to be gained in economy from the auto anyway, and there's more tham enough power from the 161bhp engine. Looking forward to the new shape coming out in just over a years time and will be back at Stratstone's in the hope of another good deal.

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