What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For Seriously classy, comfortable, swift and practical

Against Costly to maintain and tight on rear sear space

Verdict A jack of all trades and master of most

Go for… 520i SE

Avoid… V8 petrols

BMW 5 Series Saloon
  • 1. The cooling system is the most likely thing to go wrong - watch the engine temperature on a test drive
  • 2. The boot is easily big enough to swallow a few sets of golf clubs
  • 3. BMWs suffer fewer axle problems than Mercedes and Audis, but still listen out for thumps and bangs on your test drive
  • 4. Check that the air-conditioning system works properly - it should blow hot and cold
  • 5. Larger passengers may find the rear seats a bit tight
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