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What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For Excellent dynamics, roomy cabin and desirable image.

Against Has a firm ride on Sport models

Verdict The 5 Series is close to perfect

Go for… 520d SE

Avoid… 530i M Sport

BMW 5 Series Saloon
  • 1. Sport-trimmed models ride much more firmly, thanks to their stiffer suspension
  • 2. The iDrive system can play up nastily, particularly in early cars
  • 3. Run-flat tyres fitted to some models wear rapidly and suffer leaks, so steer clear
  • 4. Repairs to the body panels can be expensive and slow
  • 5. Engine and transmissions on older 5 Series have proved able to withstand the miles
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