BMW 5 Series review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Introduction

BMW 5 Series front - 2021 Luxury Car of the Year
  • BMW 5 Series front - 2021 Luxury Car of the Year
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right rear cornering
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW 5 Series saloon 2021 front seats
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 left front tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right panning
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 instrument display
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 gear selector
  • BMW 5 Series front - 2021 Luxury Car of the Year
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right rear cornering
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW 5 Series saloon 2021 front seats
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 left front tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right panning
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 instrument display
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 gear selector
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Few cars have such a wide range of talents as the BMW 5 Series. Larger and more comfortable than the company’s uber-popular 3 Series yet only slightly more expensive, it's been at the heart of BMW's range ‘since God were a lad'.

In that time it has become almost the default choice for those looking for a smaller luxury car, helped by the fact that it has consistently been the best car of its kind. For proof, just look at how the previous model (2009-2016) was a regular winner at our annual Car of the Year Awards, while the current model picked up our overall Car of the Year title in 2017.

You can have rear or four-wheel drive, too, and there are two trims: entry-level SE and the sporty looking M Sport that most people choose.

Of course, its main challengers also have their merits and produce ranges to suit various budgets and requirements. So, is the Audi A6, Jaguar XF or Mercedes E-Class an even better choice than a current 5 Series? Read on over the next few pages to find out. We'll also tell you which trim level and engine in the 5 Series range makes the most sense.

And don’t forget that you can save pots of cash when buying a 5 Series, or any of its rivals, with our free New Car Buying service.

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At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £8,550
Target Price from £37,589
Save up to £8,550
or from £413pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £43,750
Leasing deals
From £411pm
RRP price range £40,125 - £72,815
Number of trims (see all)11
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid, diesel
MPG range across all versions 156.9 - 58.9
Available doors options 4
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,096 / £5,243
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,192 / £10,486
Available colours