5 Series 2019 Awards

BMW 5 Series review

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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 über-popular 3 Series yet only slightly more expensive, its big challengers at the less extravagant 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, picking up our overall Car of the Year title in 2017.

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The majority of 5 Series customers opt for the 520d. This 2.0-litre diesel version is not only punchy but also produces comparatively little CO2, translating to low company car tax bills. There’s even a plug-in hybrid 530e with emissions of just 49g/km. 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 on buying a 5 Series or any new car of your choosing with our What Car? New Car Buying service; click here to see our full range of deals.

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Trims
There are 12 trims available for the 5 Series saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
518d SE
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Fuel Diesel
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£32,651
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You ge...
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£33,141
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520d SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You ge...
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Fuel Diesel
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£34,112
Average Saving £4,478
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518d M Sport
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£35,374
Average Saving £4,606
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520i M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels...
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Fuel Petrol
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£35,864
Average Saving £4,656
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520d M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels...
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Fuel Diesel
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£36,835
Average Saving £4,755
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530i/530e SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You ge...
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Fuel Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid, Petrol
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£37,901
Average Saving £4,864
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530i/530e M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels...
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Fuel Petrol, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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£40,896
Average Saving £5,169
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530d SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You ge...
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Fuel Diesel
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£41,937
Average Saving £5,243
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540i SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You ge...
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£44,735
Average Saving £5,495
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530d M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels...
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Fuel Diesel
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£44,932
Average Saving £5,548
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540i M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels...
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Fuel Petrol
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£47,730
Average Saving £5,800
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