BMW 5 Series M550i xDrive 4dr Auto Review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP £71,425What Car? Target Price£66,622
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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Range-topping M550i models get massive 20in wheels, an M rear spoiler, M seatbelts, four-zone air-conditioning, sun protection glass, an M Sport braking system, adaptive M suspension, an M Sport differential, adaptive LED headlights, run-flat tyres and a Harman/Kardon sound system.

There will always be those who want the ‘ultimate’ iteration of 5 Series (aside from the full-fat M5) and for that reason BMW offers the M550i. It’s a softer and more cosseting car than the race track honed M5, yet with a 523bhp 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet and a 0-62mph time of just 3.8 seconds, it is still quick enough to embarrass most supercars.


Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH3.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

26.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

530

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

243

g/km

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