BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive SE 4dr Auto Review

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Review

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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Trim: SE

This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get part-electrically operated and heated front seats, leather trim, a 12.3in infotainment screen, digital instruments, concierge service, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, and 17in alloy wheels (18in with the more powerful engines). You only really need to fork out for adjustable lumbar support, adjustable dampers (Variable Damping Control) and split-folding rear seats (Through-Loading System).

Engine: 540i xDrive

This six-cylinder petrol is smooth, fast (0-62mph takes 4.7sec) and really lovely if you don't mind paying for petrol. In the real-world the 530d diesel feels just as quick and is much more economical. Comes with four-wheel drive as standard.


Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH4.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

38.2

Urban: 30.7Motorway: 44.8
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

530

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

163

g/km