What used BMW 5 Series estate will I get for my budget?
At the time of writing, prices start at £26,000 for a 2017 520d SE model, but since this is a fairly new model, its prices are still changing relatively rapidly. To keep up to date with used 5 Series prices, use our free valuation tool to make sure you're getting the best deal.
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How much does it cost to run a BMW 5 Series estate?
The most sensible choice is the 520d, because it has an official (NEDC) fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg. The other diesel models are still impressive, at 54.3mpg for the 525d and 52.3mpg for the 530d (although this drops to 49.5mpg if you get one with four-wheel drive).
Petrol models aren’t quite so good, but at least the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines in the 520i and 530i are reasonable, with official figures of 46.3mpg and 45.5mpg. The four-wheel drive 540i xDrive is rather thirsty, at 35.7mpg.
You’ll need to be mindful of the original retail price of the car, because unless you’re buying an entry-level 520i SE, your 5 Series Touring would have cost more than £40,000 when new, therefore breaching the luxury car tax bracket. This means a car that would have cost £140 per year is given an additional £310 surcharge, so you’ll need to pay £450 each year in road tax until the car is more than six years old.
BMW's servicing is marginally cheaper than Mercedes’ and generally on a par with other rivals'. However, your car's previous owner might have bought a service pack when the car was new; this covers all the routine maintenance of the car for the first three years or 36,000 miles. You can check BMW’s website to see if your 5 Series Touring is covered by this.