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The BMW 5 Series is a brilliant, classy and wonderfully refined luxury saloon, with surprisingly low running costs if you go for the 530e plug-in hybrid or 520d mild hybrid. It's a more complete package than its chief rivals, such as the Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XF.get the best price
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M Sport trim is extremely popular, thanks largely to its more aggressive body styling and larger 19in alloy wheels (18in on the 530e and 530e xDrive). On the inside you also get an M Sport leather steering wheel, sports seats, darker interior trim and Anthracite headlining. Buyers can also specify BMW’s optional adaptive suspension (excluding 520i and 520d models).
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The 520d is punchy enough for most people and is our pick of the range. If you don't believe us, check out its claimed 0-62mph time of just 7.2 seconds, which is plenty for whisking you up to motorway speeds without any fuss. Performance is roughly on a par with the rival Mercedes E220d, although in terms of real-world drivability (as opposed to outright 0-62mph acceleration), the Audi A6 40 TDI has a slightly wider performance window, and is fractionally more flexible as a result.
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