Which used BMW 5 Series estate should I buy?
Our favourite is the 525d SE. Its 177bhp diesel engine has more than enough punch to pull this estate, it's reasonably fuel-efficient and is generously equipped with cruise control, climate control, stability and traction control, a CD player, parking sensors and alloys.
The six-cylinder petrol engines - the 171bhp 523i, the 212bhp 525i and the 254bhp 530i - are all smooth and powerful, which makes the expensive 550i seem redundant.
Diesel buyers can also choose the 520d, the 530d and the 535d, and all offer plenty of pull even when the car is fully loaded. However, none has the same blend of power and economy as the 525d.
All 5 Series models get a six-speed manual gearbox; a six-speed automatic is optional, but fitted as standard on the 535d. Entry-level – and our preffered – trim is SE; M Sport models add a bodykit, unique alloys and part-leather seats, but we don't think they're worth the money.
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