Which used BMW 5 Series estate should I buy?
There’s a bewildering array of BMW 5 Series Tourings to choose from. The petrol engine range kicks off with the 520i and 528i, both of which have four cylinders, and also includes a six-cylinder 535i and the range topping 550i. At launch, there were also two short-lived six-cylinder models, the 523i and 528i.
As we’ve already discussed, however, the vast majority of cars were 520d diesels. It’s the pick of the range, offering good economy, decent performance and low running costs. If better performance is a top priority, go for the 530d, as it’s almost as fast as the 535d but notably cheaper to run.