What used BMW 5 Series estate will I get for my budget?
Prices start at £18,500 for a 2017 520d SE model with higher than average mileage. Increase your spend to £19,000 to £21,000 or more for a car with below average mileage from 2018 or 2019, while £22,000 to £25,000 should find you a nice post-facelift 2019 example. Spend upwards of that on a 2020 model.
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The most sensible choice is the 520d, with its 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 choose one with four-wheel drive).
Petrol models aren’t quite so economical, 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.
In later post-facelift cars, and under the more realistic WLTP tests, the 520i averages 42.2mpg, the 540i 35.8mpg, the 530e 176.6mpg, the 520d 54.3mpg and the 530d 47.9mpg. The plug-in hybrid 530e's figure looks hugely impressive, but it's unlikely you'd see those sorts of figures in everyday use, unless it fitted into your lifestyle extremely well.
Car tax (VED)
You’ll need to be mindful of the original retail price of the car, because most 5 Series Touring would have cost more than £40,000 when new, therefore breaching the luxury car tax bracket. This means you'll have to pay the standard flat rate fee, plus an additional surcharge until the car is more than six years old. Current costs are £150 a year for the road tax and £325 a year for the luxury tax. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
BMW's servicing is marginally cheaper than Mercedes’s 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 one of these.
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