Few cars have such a broad a range of talents as the BMW 5 Series. Larger and more comfortable than the company’s uber-popular 3 Series, and yet only slightly more expensive, its big challengers at the lower end of the luxury class are the Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class.
The 5 Series has formed the backbone of BMW's range for many years, and has been so consistently the best of its breed that it's become almost a default choice for those shopping in this class. The previous model (’09-16) was a consistent winner at our annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, and the current model is even better.
The vast majority of 5 Series customers opt for the entry-level 520d. This 2.0-litre diesel version isn’t only the cheapest, it also pumps out the least CO2, which translates to low company car tax bills. However, if money isn’t the driving factor behind your buying decision, the more muscular six-cylinder 530d very much deserves your interest.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you might need to know about the BMW 5 Series before buying one, including which trim level and engine make the most sense for you.