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BMW 5 Series Saloon Review

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BMW 5 Series
11 Jan 2017 22:40 | Last updated: 14 Sep 2018 12:32

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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 (2009-2016) was a consistent winner at our annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, and the current model is even better.

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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, translating to low company car tax bills. However, if money isn’t the driving factor behind your buying decision, there are plenty of other versions to consider.

Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the 5 Series, including which trim level and engine make the most sense for you. And don’t forget that you can save money buying a 5 Series with What Car? – click here to see our full range of deals.

 

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There are 14 trims available for the 5 Series Saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
M Sport
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£35,733
Save £3,541 from RRP
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£38,778
Save £3,851 from RRP
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£33,446
Save £3,308 from RRP
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£34,372
Save £3,402 from RRP
View 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 – i...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£47,815
Save £4,709 from RRP
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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 – i...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£45,036
Save £4,458 from RRP
View Trim
SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid, Petrol
New from
£38,115
Save £3,784 from RRP
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£42,042
Save £4,152 from RRP
View Trim
SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£44,821
Save £4,403 from RRP
View 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 – i...View trim
Fuel Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid, Petrol
New from
£41,110
Save £4,089 from RRP
View 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 – i...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£37,094
Save £3,680 from RRP
View Trim
SE
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£33,011
Save £3,263 from RRP
View 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 – i...View trim
Fuel Diesel
New from
£42,083
Save £4,156 from RRP
View 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 – i...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£36,169
Save £3,585 from RRP
View Trim