The BMW 5 Series is a brilliant, classy and wonderfully refined luxury saloon, with surprisingly low running costsget the best price
Trim: M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – it's where our money would go.,
Engine: 530d xDrive
Begins the move from four cylinders to six, and steps up refinement in doing so. It makes the 5 Series quick, too, but unless this is a priority, we’d stick with the 520d – it’s cheaper to buy and run, and isn’t exactly slow, either. Available with four-wheel drive (xDrive) as an option.