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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.
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SE is our favourite trim. As standard you get leather seat trim, heated front seats with electric lumbar adjustment, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 17in alloy wheels (18in on the more powerful engines), along with BMW’s fantastic iDrive infotainment system, LED headlights and taillights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera and a parking assistance system.
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If you want more grunt, the brawnier six-cylinder 530d has it in spades; it’s effortlessly quick and is so smooth (thanks to those two extra cylinders) that you quickly forget there is a diesel engine lurking under the bonnet.
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